Today we’ll be looking at Adena Atkins’ EP The Slowest Curve. It’s a pseudo-electronic, pseudo-pop trip through all manner of Tori Amos and Phil Collins themes. Though it may only be a four track EP, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Let’s get to work!
What initially stood out for me are the stunning synth sounds employed. They’re fantastically unique yet they never overshadow Atkins vocal work. I’d highly recommend listening to this one on headphones. There’s a lot of cool stuff going on as far as production and composition goes and you don’t want to miss any of it.
My only complaint is that we don’t get enough of the vocals. Atkins voice is superb yet the vocal melodies are largely organized into little two or three note mini-phrases. What happens is that the nature of these melodies prevents us from hearing enough of her voice to really fall in love with it. Additionally, it also makes it difficult for the ear to latch on to the key of these songs which can be a little frustrating for some.
Adena Atkins has put together some really cool music here. It’s truly different in many ways. She’s got a great sound but she may want to rethink the composition of her melodies. I would definitely recommend checking out her site and her album on iTunes. Keep an eye on Adena Atkins. This isn’t the last we’ve heard from her.
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