Galdre Visions: s/t EP (Leaving Records, 2020)

October 29, 2020 at 7:48 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Galdre Visions: s/t EP

Galdre Visions is a quarantine-born remote collaboration between four Leaving Records artists: harpist Nailah Hunter (2020’s rookie of the year?), former Pocahaunted member Diva Dompé, sitarist Ami Dang, and Olive Adizoni (Green-House). Their first EP contains four songs of swirling, meditative new age pop to help us all get through this together. Opener “Living Space Station (Bad Dream)” is an R&B-tinged affirmation that we’re all living in a nightmare, but it doesn’t mean we can’t find something to keep us bonded. “Super Passiflora” is more of a pleasant float through a lagoon, with tiptoeing harp melodies and wordless vocals helping things along, and the sounds of rushing water flowing underneath. “Moon Ferns” is a more complex orb of sounds, giving a bit more shine to Ami Dang’s sitar, and building a web of interlocked vocals and crystal tones. “The Sun Will Rise Again” is the EP’s most upfront expression of trust in the universe and hope for the future. The quartet’s music is optimistic but still based in an understanding of real world situations, which makes it refreshing — it’s not so bright and sparkly and smiley that it’s cloying, but it does feel encouraging.

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