Hailing from Victoria, Australia, Alvie Closet is a rising singer songwriter with a musical style that blends multiple genres into a lo-fi, pop rock style that is as intriguing as it is easy to listen to. Her debut EP Marvel At The Moon, is a concept album, and each track was inspired by people, places and experiences on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula, Alvie’s current home.
The album begins with an upbeat intro driven by reverb-laced percussion and solid electric guitar strumming in “Dads With Kids.” Closet’s voice, relaxed yet precise, adds a melodic layer above the instruments as the bright pop anthem continues to build momentum and dynamic intensity right up until the conclusion of the song.
“Hotel Motel” picks up right where the album’s opener left off, with Closet’s summer-tinged vocals adhering to the sultry, mellow guitar and droning organ chords. This track remains slightly subdued throughout the entire song with wistful lyrics bolstering the melancholy mood in the midst of energetic rhythms and enthusiastic instrumentation.
The energy of the EP descends into a quiet valley in “Meadow Song,” a simplistic tune led by a softly strummed guitar and beautiful singing by Closet. The song is conventional in its form, a soothing and familiar ballad style that Closet fully embodies. The tempo picks back up in “Up The Bluff,” a country and folk infused song with thought-provoking and hopeful lyrics.
The album comes to a close with “Twenty Three Minutes,” a minimalist track with experimental flavors that appear somewhat unexpectedly. Sound bytes and nontraditional instruments pepper the album’s finale, but the heart of Closet’s songwriting style, based on guitar and vocals, is maintained. As a whole, Marvel At The Moon EP is an extremely accessible and enjoyable record that will undoubtedly appeal to a wide fan base, transcending genres and preferences.
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