A Year In Our Lives - Review
This project is composed of these talented artists hailing from Italy.
Their style of Dream Pop and Shoegaze are a great mix with the beautiful ethereal vocals. This release is their debut EP and a great introduction to this band with four stunning selections to enjoy.
"Arcadia" opens this short work as a somewhat instrumental piece slowly building from dreamy, ethereal and ambient soundscapes into an upbeat catchy little rhythm and melody. This fades away into the spell-binding masterpiece of "Lost Desire". I think this track is a definition of beauty with a somber, yet heavy beat creating the rhythm that provides the back-drop for the elegant music so sweetly portrayed through various guitars and electronics swirling and flowing, lifting the heavenly vocals, wafting over the listener who can't help but be captured in the ethereal bliss of this piece. "Not A Believer" comes out strong as a definite Dream Pop piece, with more pop as the foundation as the moving beat and bass provide an upbeat rhythm and feel to the song. This happy-go-lucky feel permeates the music with Elisa's vocals soaring over the soft and subtle electronics and guitar through the first half of the song, but then the distortion and heavy guitar kicks in, bringing on a heavier rock feel. Personally I feel it could be pulled back just a bit as it seems to drown out the heavenly vocals and dreamy soundscapes, though it's still a great overall piece especially as the guitar fades back into the background and the ethereal majesty takes over. To wind down the album we're presented with "The Weight of the World" as another piece with more of a rock feel to it with a solid bass line and moving beat. This piece starts off dreamy, yet upbeat, moving along nicely slowly building and flowing until the last three minutes the guitars kick in, building and growing until finally taking over in a frenzied fury of distortion and noise closing out the EP.
While the mix of beauty and noise might give some listeners whiplash, I think most fans of ethereal and shoegaze can appreciate these touches. While I personally prefer the soaring guitar and reverb to the distorted and grinding noise, I think it may all come down to taste in the end. Overall it's a great set of tracks and perfect introduction to this band I hope we hear much more of in the future.
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