There are some albums I absolutely love listening to at the gym. The songs are energized and really get your blood pumping for a solid workout. Alright, I confess, I don’t actually go to the gym. Let me start again. There are some albums that I listen to and think, “this would really go well on a gym playlist if I ever decided to get a gym membership.” Other albums are much better suited for sitting on the couch, relaxing with a nice cup of coffee and I do that a lot; case in point, Love in Sound (released Dec.16th 2017) the latest EP from singer/songwriter Adiescar.
The most striking component of the four songs that make up this EP is the stunning voice and vocal range that Adiescar puts on display. It falls in somewhere between the folky, personable style of Jewel and the more whimsical, freelance style of Tori Amos. Title track “Love in Sound” begins softly with some acoustic guitar and piano allowing for Adiescar’s vocals to step into the forefront. The song builds nicely into a crescendo, implementing drums, bass and violin while keeping the vocals as the focal point of the track. “One More Night” has more of a pop feel to it and introduces a little guitar to the mix. While the song doesn’t do anything that will necessarily blow your mind and is quite predictable, it does further drive home the fact that Adiescar has incredible vocal chops. Her vocal melodies soar through this song and give it a much needed edge.
“River Girl” is without question the most unique and, at the same time, compelling song on the EP. It sounds like something Tori Amos might compose if she went through a gothic phase. Sombre acoustic verses make way for explosive, orchestral choruses as Adiescar’s vocals and the instrumentation go stride for stride on this track. Add to that some imaginative lyrics that paint a picture of a girl full of mystery with creature like sensibilities and I’m sold, tenfold. Finally, “What Is The Point” is a nice, piano driven song about heartbreak. Again, musically this song drives right down the middle lane, but thrives because of the powerful vocals.
I’m no talent scout, but when you have a voice like Adiescar, success is only a matter of time. On a personal level, I would love to see/hear more risks taken in the song structures and musical arrangements, but it’s clear that Adiescar recognises the importance of pristine, transcendent vocals and I sit here on my couch with an empty coffee cup a happier man because of that.
Written by Lee Ferguson
*edited by Danielle Kenedy