BLAKE RED is an artist from Chicago who recently released S.O.S. (Songs on Suicide). The songs are about overcoming feelings of depression and anxiety and she considers herself a healthcare advocate. It’s interesting just how many EPs and albums are about this subject. I think I listen to three to four albums a week which deal with similar issues.
The EP contains four songs and melds elements of rock, metal and pop. I would say the production is exceptional but it’s no wonder when you look at the producers behind the board. The EP was engineered, co-produced, mixed and mastered by Grammy winner, Darryl Swann..
The EP starts with “Face It” which is a heavy song that comes out of the gates with distorted guitar and heavy hitting drums. On the verse she sings about self-loathing and when the chorus comes she sings “I can’t show my face.” There are a lot of transitions and the song keeps moving with a sense or urgency and quite effectively explodes when it needs to.
Up next is “Razorblade” and this song is a little more of a slow burn. I loved the way the guitar distortion drips on this song. Her vocals sound noticeably different on this song. Her singing on the verse is a little more intimate. That being said she quickly shows her range on the chorus and delivers a fierce and effective vocal performance. The guitars soar as well and the prog rock inspired lead works very well in the song.
She doesn't let up with a song like “Let It Hurt” which is another rocking song. The dynamics are are just about perfect. There are crescendos upon crescendos. The off-kilter drum beat was another factor which really brought the song alive.
Last up is “Through The Sky” and it is perhaps the highlight. The unconventional verse which has this feeling of going back and forth grabbed my attention. And oh my the drumming is just an onslaught.
This EP is heavy and hence has more of a cathartic feel. It felt like she was trying to banish away the negative feelings through her music. Take a listen.
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