EP Review: Solsikk – Volatile Territory
Heavy metal with a heavy dash of soul in the vocal? I’m up for that. Sadly, while that seems to be the general idea behind Solsikk (as far as I can tell anyway), far too much weird shit happens along the way.
I could’ve sworn when I first put this on that it was running backwards. I wondered if it would make more sense played the other way, but then I realised it was a CD and I couldn’t do that. The vocals in the verses quite often run along at a completely garbled pace, often offset by weird half-beats, sometimes in line with the instruments, sometimes a different rhythm altogether. I can only imagine they’re trying to do something really clever here, that I might understand if I was a musician.
It’s a different story in the choruses however, where it’s all big hooks and harmony, but sounding so heavily engineered you wonder whether the computer sung that bit. Altogether a very disorientating experience.
And having said all of the above, I love the last track, Cut A Little Deeper, a big slow-building ballad that is perfect for singer Vykki Turner’s voice. Starting out quiet and acoustic-led, with a drop of Tori Amos (in a good way) in the vocal, it builds to a soaring crescendo, with Chris Webb’s guitars fitting the mood perfectly, with a dab of orchestra in there too, sounding not a bit out of place.
There’s obviously talent here, but I just can’t work out what they’re trying to do a lot of the time.
- Razored Cell
- Volatile Territory
- Your Blistering Tongue
- Cut A Little Deeper