The variety and the crisp finish throughout this album helps make it perhaps the strongest and most engaging release of Maini Sorri’s yet – something that proves to be increasingly likely the further into the playlist you get.
As an introduction to producer LinusF’s creative work, Inspiration is a beautiful, uplifting and engaging soundscape that simultaneously pays tribute to the late Avicii in a rightfully colourful, emotive way.
Vocally, Jasmine Kara is up there with the best of them. This and indeed all of her previous releases to date showcase incredible vocals – the sort that can meander in a free and effortlessly skillful manner, through moments of quiet and softness to those that need to hit with a little more volume and passion.
Her relentless creativity, unapologetic bluntness, and sincere storytelling are as inspiring as they are wholly original. Once I Was Loved, Acousticmaddie’s latest single, sees her unique style of sound art continuing to push the idea of music as creative expression.
Sleep Pills seeks to let the artist feel understood, but at the same time – it reaches out to understand those who live in a similar way; those who consistently burn the candle at both ends. It works well in this respect, becoming the kind of alternative anthem to make isolation feel less unsettling.
“Most of us go through phases where we are insecure and want to adapt, some stay there to become mainstream, but then there are those who go their own way and who are completely magical in performance and storytelling.”
Those happy hardcore vibes are partly nostalgic, but the synths and the way these have been intertwined – even the way they fall back to allow the vocal to shine once again – everything has been arranged with a clear understanding of how effective dance music works.
Swedish indie-pop duo I Am Nova made waves throughout the past year with their explosive live shows, and now – with the release of Good Enough – they rise even higher, showcasing some brilliantly infectious & energetic pop songwriting.
There’s an Enya-like feel to the presentation, the voice drives as if simply another instrument, so the collaboration just works. It sounds pleasant in itself, and should you choose to listen a little more intently – the concept reaches out to connect in a very pure and relatable way.
Maini Sorri’s vocal style is compatible with many different musical outlets & genres. In every case, it’s a compelling sound, and this album is one that offers an eclectic, emotional playlist, with plenty of impressive moments of power.
Spoken word snippets continue to appear throughout, the whole thing is a performance – a short piece of theatre. Every detail has been carefully incorporated.
A stunning soft rock song with the emotional warmth of a heartfelt, singer-songwriter offering, and the big-band, rather epic & near-orhcestral ambiance of something much bigger.