Alba Rose combines easy listening with complex harmonies on her newest release, the ‘Silhouette EP’. Coming in at four songs and just under eighteen minutes, it’s exciting and shows off the incredible versatility of Alba Rose and her band. Vocals and lyrics were enjoyable and complemented the jazzy instrumentals phenomenally.
Although each song was unique and drastically different from those that came before, the whole EP floated by without interruption. Instead of the transitions feeling jarring, the band’s tone carried through – making every new phrase feel immediately familiar. Similarly, within the songs themselves melodies would pass around through different voices easily. Vocals would undeniably lead the song, but every other instrument worked together to deepen the vibe and colors of the texture. Whenever their time to shine came around, via a solo or quick fill, instead of the song becoming a battle of egos, everything was tasteful and fit awesomely.
The EP kicks off with the song ‘Eve’ an eclectic song that is as lovely as it is enjoyable to listen to. We have already written about Eve in our New Music Sunday writeup so we won’t go too deeply into detail – but it is a phenomenal listening experience. Jazz influenced instrumentals dance behind the beautiful vocals. A great way to kick off and set the tone for a wonderful EP.
The energy is brought down a little on the next song, Butterfly Kisses. Talking about some of the tribulations that come along with love. It’s never easy, but totally worth the effort. The easy-going introspective lyrics dance overtop the dedicated instrumental. Perhaps the song with the least exploratory instrumental on the whole EP – but that’s not to say there wasn’t any fills or anything. Just that those fills took a backseat compared to the vocals. These dedicated vocals led and pushed the energy and vibe phenomenally.
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‘Holding On’, the third song on the EP, brings the most energy and experimentation from the band. As always, Alba Rose’s delicate voice easily graces the jazz-inspired instrumental. Switching between half time and full time, the aesthetic is awesome. The whole band sounds impressive, in sync and just great all around. I am an absolute sucker for good solos, and here they were engaging and entertaining without getting wordy or too busy.
Throughout the EP, the band’s experimentation is evident and welcome. It shows off the versatility of the group without muddying individual songs’ messages. Every solo was placed in a way that would allow the melodic instruments to tell a story to further the vibe of the whole EP in addition to each song. A consistent, overarching energy makes ‘Silhouette EP’ an absolute joy to listen to. Another great release from an artist that continues to impress.
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