February 21, 2017 |

Selina Fever – The Monachopsis King

Selina Fever – The Monachopsis King

February 21, 2017 |

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This Alternative-Folk release is beautifully crafted, evolving the voice into an instrument in its own right, a dream like texture flowing through Americana guitar lines and emotive lyrics. The distinct production effects on the vocals means that you have to really focus to actually understand the words and not just ‘hear’ the sounds. Concentrating on them that much makes their meaning really sink in and evoke the emotion they are portraying. It is easy to listen to the tracks without concentrating on the lyrics, as the sounds and melody created with the vocals is so captivating.

Emmeline, the first track of the EP, is quite a short song, but sweet none the less. Its simple yet effective chord and rhythm progression at the start sticks in your mind, and as the vocals come in with their characterising effects it draws you in even deeper. The harmonies are beautiful and the layers build the further you get into the song, however its rather abrupt ending leaves a distinct lack of closure. If this was the intention, to leave to listener on the edge, wondering where the song has gone, then it does just that.

The second track is possibly my favourite of the EP, strongest in both guitar melody, vocally and meaning. ‘On Not Getting High Fives Right The First Time’ features an almost ‘Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ guitar line, catchy, creative and again, beautiful. Excellent use of production effects adding that dreamy quality to the vocals, the crackling effect in the background works as a nice contrast against the smoothness of the rest of the track. The subtle robotic edge to the vocals helps pick them out of that dreamy state as well. Again however like the first track, the ending is quite abrupt and not how you want it to end. This may be the intention of the artist, as a listener you feel a mixture of contemplation and calm in the silence after it finished, and an almost angry sensation that it has just ended. If this is deliberate, I cannot decide whether it is clever or aggravating. Maybe that’s the point.