I have to admit that in the few years that I’ve been writing for Bucketlist Music Reviews, I have been inundated with new music. I’ve liked a lot of it, but most of it tends to get lost in the ether when a new record comes along to be reviewed and chances are I’ll never listen to it again. But today, I was given an instrumental EP called Rebirth by Alessia. Thinking nothing of it, I hit play and began listening. By the time it was done, I was reminded of why I love writing album reviews. Occasionally, a record will blow me away. This EP was the short, powerful, and creative burst of energy I needed to reinvigorate my love for music and Rebirth is officially landing on my Top Ten list of 2018.
Let me give you a little introduction first. I initially thought Alessia was the name of a band, but after some quick research realized that Alessia is a one-woman pianist, keyboardist, and composer hailing from Montreal, Quebec. She’s been playing piano since the age of ten, but states that in 2014 her parents gifted her a keytar which set her off on her musical journey, playing in various bars and venues, which inspired the creation of the Rebirth EP.
Alessia wears her influences on her sleeve. As soon as the first track “Night Drive” begins, it’s clear to me that she lives in the realm of classical music and symphonic metal. If Rebirth was a movie, this track is the opening theme song. The electronic beat is carried by piano and guitar that blends together beautifully, neither one overpowering the other.
“Wanderlust” is a mellower track. Even without lyrics, it conveys that sense of longing to explore the world. Perhaps I felt that way because I also watched the official music video for this song, which was shot at Fiumara d”Arte, an open-air museum in Sicily, Italy. It’s one of the most aesthetically beautiful music videos I’ve ever seen, and I implore you to go check it out.
“Transcendence” follows along the same musical path. While this felt like a more stripped-down version of the previous tracks, Alessia still manages to give it an epic feel with her incredible musical skills. Yes, I realize the word “epic” is highly overused, but that’s the best way I could describe “Transcendence.”
Finally, Alessia ends her EP with a little pun of a track called “Synth You’re Gone.” What a way to end it, too. This is an intense one and has a sense of urgency attached to it. I’m not sure what the story is behind it, but to me, it felt like a heart-break. I might be missing the mark on that, but either way, this is a perfect ending to an impressive musical creation.
This may sound a little silly, but I recently took a six-hour flight and I wish I had this EP with me the entire time. Looking out the window at the clouds when your 35,000 feet up in the air is what listening to Rebirth feels like. My only complaint? I wish I had more of it to listen to. The four tracks go by so quickly and I was left longing for more. I suppose that’s a good thing, because it leaves me in anticipation of Alessia’s next creative endeavor, which I’ll surely be excited to hear. For now, I’ll be playing Rebirth on repeat for quite some time.
Written by Dominic Abate
*edited by Kate Erickson