My Imaginary Shores - Review
The band is composed of a talented trio of musicians with Kandace Ferguson (vocals), Jerry Barksdale (electronics/vocals) and Chris Dodd (electronics).
We received this short five-track demo not too long ago as our first introduction to this group. The music is a diverse mix of electronic styles from industrial to dream pop and is a nice short collection of tracks.
The title track kicks off the EP with a driving electro-industrial piece mixing male and female vocals throwing out any sort of melodic approach, bringing out the chaos that builds and drives this track from the vocals to the layers of industrial noise. The mixing on this track could be reworked and balanced a bit, but otherwise is a powerful, chaotic anthem. However, if the listener builds up any expectations of any other powerful pieces like this, they're bound to be disappointed. On the other hand I was very pleased to be presented with four excellent dream-pop pieces for the remainder of the album. If the band was looking for a niche, while an occasional heavy-hitting dance track may be nice, the dream-pop style is what fits the best. Kandace's smooth vocals fit perfectly with the somber electronic loops and softer beats for a beautiful melodic approach. The short piece "The Everstill" quickly became a favorite though seems cut off and incomplete, though beautiful in it's own light. "In Autumn" breaks down the beats a bit more and doesn't flow as smoothly as "The Everstill" but stands on it's own as another stellar piece once again with Kandace's soft vocals taking the lead for a beautiful touch. Pouring on the intense emotions while toning down the tempo and intensity of the music, the piece "Your Name In My Heart" is another captivating song with dreamy, ethereal charm. "Fragments" wraps up the EP with soft electronic loops over a moving, yet subtle beat, creating a nice finale to these five pieces.
Overall it's a great introduction to this group. While the opener is a bit of a distraction, the rest of the tracks really bring out the raw emotions and beauty of the dream-pop soundscapes. Each of these stand out as great additions to our collection.