Musically there’s a beautiful level of nostalgia to the track Shadow Visions. Fresh from the EP Where You Know Yourself, the song bursts through with immediate warmth, colour, and optimistic energy.
Production-wise there’s a contemporary clarity to the sound that’s easy to appreciate – turn it up loud and let the whole thing rain down around you. In terms of the building blocks within though, the track partly tips its hats to the EDM-pop hits of yesteryear, and partly veers off down some notably creative, industrial-meets-organic pathway. These flickers of character shine all the more brightly the further into the song you get.
Melodically and vocally Earl Donald injects an emotional and almost punk-pop-like performance into the release. The level of detail in the story-line lays bare an intimate and honest reality. The verse melody is surprisingly long-form, meandering throughout this otherwise calming soundscape in a fairly unpredictable way. You notice the rhythm of the voice though, and certain lines really stand out and connect.
By the time it’s all over and done with, you miss the fullness of the sound and the refreshingly open, passionate lyricism and tone of that leading voice. The rest of the EP is equally creative and unpredictable.