Natalie Lucassian is an artist from Detroit who released a four-song EP entitled 12:26. She melds jazz, pop and indie rock into soulful songs. There is a dark atmosphere that pervades over them. This is at least due somewhat in part to the reverb laced guitars and a cathartic vocal performance.
“Restless” is a standout. I was on board with the upright bass and jazzy overtones. The vocal inflection can bare similarities to Amy Winehouse but the group Mazzy Star came to mind as well. Perhaps most importantly the song is catchy. Lucassian sings, “everybody thinks I'm sad they don’t understand I’m haunted.” The end of the song has a great build.
“12:26” felt a little more pop based with indie rock aesthetics. The song is still drenched in a good amount of melancholy and darkness. It’s another catchy tune and all the better because of the soulful vocal performance. Similar to “Restless” I thought the end of the song closed in a strong way.
“Pressure” has a good amount of attitude that was well deserved. There is an ’80’ rock vibe in the spirit of a band like The Pretenders. It works and felt like most straightforward rock song in the batch. Lucassian lays on the heavy, midnight jazz with “Ghost.” She sounds incredible on this track which makes for the most emotionally resonant performance.
Overall, there is a fair amount of diversity with these songs. Lucassian showcases some serious talent and I hope to hear a full length in the not too distant future. Recommended.
We are dedicated to informing the public about the different types of independent music that is available for your listening pleasure as well as giving the artist a professional critique from a seasoned music geek. We critique a wide variety of niche genres like experimental, IDM, electronic, ambient, shoegaze and much more.
Are you one of our faithful visitors who enjoys our website? Like us on Facebook