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Emily Gold

Recluse

Review by Gary Hill

I like this set. It has a fairly wide range of musical styles from mellow and dreamy, to hard rocking and a lot in between. This is classy stuff that’s both modern and classic in nature. It’s a very effective release that’s strong from start to finish, really.

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Track by Track Review
Drowning

Mellow and quite dreamy, this is a pretty piece. It’s almost modern progressive rock in texture. In some ways it reminds me of Radiohead, or even Porcupine Tree.

Recluse
A harder rocking tune, this is also a bit proggy. The vocals are quite soaring. This is like a cross between a pop sound and a hard edged prog one.
Cyanide Lollipop

This hard rocking romp is great. There is some psychedelia in the mix and a bit of a punk edge. This is one of my favorite pieces here.

Love Moves

A classy rocker, this has both an effective musical arrangement and some great hooks. Add in a strong vocal performance and a tasty guitar solo, and you’ll understand the magic of this piece.

Not from Here

This is a dreamy kind of slow moving cut that reminds me a bit of Radiohead.

Out of Touch

More of a mainstream alternative rocker, this still has some dreamy elements. I would say that the vocal performance on this is among the best on the whole disc.

Shadow

Starting mellower, this turns into a rather bluesy rocker. It’s another classy piece of music. This has that alternative rock edge, too. Speaking of edge, the lyrics are edgy enough to earn some definite parental advisories. This is an evocative and powerful song. In fact, it might be my favorite of the set.

Dizzy (Let Go)

A sedate and dreamy piece, this is another that’s not far removed from some of the moodier modern prog.

Retrofitting

Although this has more of a driving rock basis, it also shows off some of that dreamy element in the overlayers.

Intangible

Dreamy and trippy, this is also hard edged at times. It’s slow moving. It’s a strong cut, but not one of my favorites.

For the Night

This is a cool cut. It starts mellow and builds out to a more dramatic and powerful arrangement. It’s another highlight of the set, really. I love the harder rocking stuff later. This is an excellent way to end things with some of the best material.

 
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