Since the early ‘oughts multifaceted singer, songwriter, performance and visual artist as well as actor Dama Vicke has been spicing up the Miami music scene with her sultry vocal delivery and often eclectic style in terms of sound which can range anywhere from folk and alternative rock, to jazz and folk and even a bit of experimental noise rock. Originally from Mexico City Vicke began her career collaborating with likeminded Mexican and American artists.
But her career path so far hasn’t been all successes. In her musical past there is a three year hiatus during which she didn’t play any music and also an album recorded with a band that she eventually decided to scrap because she wasn’t 100 percent pleased with its sound. So she started from scratch again, this time paying special attention to how she was feeling and trying to create an album full of raw emotions. The result of this hard work and renewed focus on her music resulted in her latest five-song EP Point of Inflection, on which Dama Vicke explores matters of the head and heart through multiple genres.
Point of Inflection opens with “Unity Not Disgrace.” The song is woozy and dark and gives off a smokey club vibe with its jazzy riffs. But as the song gathers steam it takes on different forces and musical elements, warring bits of feedback and heavier guitar work along with Vicke’s powerful, fierce vocals. Seamlessly the jazz of “Sola” takes center stage in a smoother and more clubby element to it which turns into a punchy drum beat chops and Vicke opts for a sexier vocal delivery and this time in her native Spanish.
The title track “Point of Inflection” is a beautifully angry love song of sorts but it’s also a song of letting go. With a gutturalness not shown yet on the record Vicke doesn’t pull any punches, but revokes her former love singing “Wash all my kisses off / Off your face now / Off your lips / Off your skin / Off your body,” and later laments “Your painful words butchered me into a jigsaw / Had a reason to, not to be with you / You played me dirty / Now you want to be with me / it's too late!”
Vicke closes out the album with the folky acoustic “You're not a Ghost.” It’s odd and eerie in a beautifully strange way and sounds nothing like any of its predecessors, which only helps to reinforce Vicke’s wide ranging talents as a vocalist and songwriter.
In the end Point of Inflection is a delightfully diverse company of songs by an artist who leans on raw emotion to point her in the direction her songs should go. This blind faith is part of what makes the album such an enjoyable listen.
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