Arial (5:24)

Cover of Without You Near

From Without You Near

” IN BRIEF: Endless vocals over drab production.

Arial is a downtempo take on Schulz elements, placing a buzzing, swirling lead over mellow breakbeats and chords. This humming melodic line will perhaps strike some as soothing, while others as obnoxious, as it bears resemblance to the sound of a large insect.”

Despite minor faults, the album is promising thus far, and catches further interest in the opening of First Time. Departing from Arial, we are immersed in brooding, spacey synths, soon joined by clubby percussion. But as quickly as this mood arrives, it is shattered by the tepid vocal of Anita Kelsey. I attempted to give this vocal a chance, but found its hollow repetitiveness and empty content nearly intolerable; the phrase “first time” is repeated eighteen times, and quickly grows tiresome. As if to add insult to injury, the breathy soprano is then backed by an uninspired tonal melody which clashes against the moody nature of the opening template.

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