Sound Colour - Review
This is the project of the duo Fuchsia (of Bella Lune
) and Michael Wooley (of Spiral Path
They bring together their talents, influences and taste in music perfectly for this fairly well-balanced ethereal goth project. This is their debut album which came together after these two only working together for about a year, across a distance of hundreds of miles for a release in late 2009. The album is released in a simple digipack and includes a dozen dreamy tracks to captivate the listener.
The captivating music begins with "Sincerity" which upon first listen to the album quickly became a favorite with it's dreamy ethereal, high siren-like alluring vocals and somber shimmering guitars over a subtle beat. Fuchsia's vocals remain at the forefront on this and each track throughout the album. Though not dominating, they remain captivating though usually in what seems to be highly processed giving them a lot of echo and that dreamy quality. This remains the case whether it's the darker "Graveyard Kiss" with heavier electronics or the somewhat spatial ambient piece "Soft Places". Her vocals become clearer on other pieces with a slight diversity in style like the moving "Shadow Walk" which is another favorite with it's solid bass moving things along mixed with a bit more of a solid beat.
As a fan of The Cure
, I've always felt that a good, solid bass really helps to make a track stand out in the various goth-related genres. This album is heavily laiden with this style and really becomes apparent on "Shadow Walk" where it becomes the dominant feature. Other tracks allow it to really stand out as it is much more than a monotonous way to keep the music flowing. The shimmering guitars come together to mix with this solid bass and Fuchsia's vocals and bring a slight shoegazer feel to the album. Often they're very subtle such as on "Wasteland" which becomes a dreamy version of a post-apocalyptic piece. They stand out much more on other pieces like the first piece "Sincerity" and the grinding electric guitars stand out on "Dark Slow Deep" as well as many others. Through it all the electronics play something of a minor role, just lending a bit more depth to each piece which helps to make them complete.
Overall the album moves along dreamily with a few pieces standing out as favorites as mentioned above, but yet remaining together in a homogenous, attractive work that fans of dreamy ethereal with a touch of goth and shoegaze, led by siren-like female vocals will really love. Pick it up and enjoy it!