Chloe Dances In Twilight is a twenty-year-old artist from Ontario who released Gloomy Murron. The artist comments on the theme. He mentions, “it's a concept EP about tragically brief love. Thematically and lyrically, it is all about romance, death, beauty and nihilism. The story is about a young couple who fall in love and when she is taken from him he has to learn to move on, but there is an over arching theme of futility.”
The EP is comprised of distorted guitar and vocals. It’s also very lo-fi. He opens with “Is This A Dream?” which is just guitar. It’s a simple, sad melody and really not much more than that which sets the mood.
Up next is “River Stones” where the artist sings a little above a whisper while strumming chords. He paints a dark, ominous mood. The vocals were overpowering in the mix and a little more compression would have helped balance the dynamics. He sings, “Never before has a sight been seen, By these river stones of two bodies intertwined.”
I was having a hard time with the guitar tone on the next song “Gloomy Murron.” Its recording sounded raw and like a ball of white noise. The vocals were also hard to make out because of the recording and how he was singing.
“Let's Go Back To Our Grove” was the highlight. It’s an eight-plus-minute song which has some of the catchiest vocal hooks. The song is also dynamic with some of his best guitar work. After a short instrumental called “Murron's Reprise” he goes into the closer “I'll Be With You When You Dream.”
I felt a little like I walked into a guitar center and was listening to the metal guy who always seems to be there waiting on guitar. I don’t say that in a pejorative way because there is talent here but everything from the sound quality to the general style gave me the imagery of having a guy sitting next to a Marshall amp playing for a small legion of impressed patrons.
There are some solid ideas and implementation but I kept on feeling the style that was he playing needed a full band. It wasn’t like folk style picking which could get away with that better.
In my twenty-five-plus years of writing music I can pick a couple of things out. I appreciate the minimalism of the music but adding additional layers to the music or working with more musicians could open up a world of possibility. At some point I suggest the artist work with an engineer to elevate the impact of his music.
Overall, there were inspired moments on this release but I have a feeling the best is yet to come. I hope to hear more soon.
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