AUSTIN-BASED SOUL GROUP EXPLORES THEMES OF LOVE AND LOSS
Austin-based quartet Motenko has exploded onto the scene, garnering hundreds of thousands of plays, notable mentions, and a blossoming reputation among the industry – all before releasing their debut EP. The self-titled EP, Motenko, is out now across streaming services.
Soul music, from Motown to modern, is often furnished by precise musicianship and technique – skills honed over time by this cast of first-call professionals. The essence of soul, however, is captured in the emotion and purpose behind every movement. This 5-song EP is a chronological narrative inspired by the true-to-life heartaches of frontman Micah Motenko. Dealing with the death of close family and friends as well as romantic heartbreak to which we can all relate, Motenko channels raw emotion with top-tier musicianship and fine-tuned attention to production details. Micah explains, “I wrote these songs during that period of time, mostly to help me say all of the things that I couldn’t say in real life.”
Along with bandleader Micah Motenko, the group features James Gwyn (drums), Josh Flowers (upright bass), and Cat Clemons III (guitar). Self-described as “groove-driven soul music”, Motenko’s blend of old and new provides multi-generational appeal. The debut EP acts as an emotional catharsis; Motenko expounds “the rhythm and groove of each song helps to move all those feelings, in the hope of letting it all go.”
With a vaccine in the works, it’s only a matter of time before this emerging artist returns to the stage. In the meantime, Motenko has put their foot in the door and more. Garnering attention from a trendsetting media, Motenko is an artist to watch. Themes of love and loss enhanced by real-life experience just scratches the surface for this young songwriter, with much more to come. Add a little soul to your day by giving Motenko a play.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MOTENKO RELEASES SELF-TITLED DEBUT EP AUSTIN-BASED SOUL GROUP EXPLORES THEMES OF LOVE AND LOSS Austin-based quartet Motenko has exploded onto the scene, garnering hundreds of thousands of plays, notable mentions, and a blossoming reputation among the industry – all before releasing their debut EP.