Last year David Goosey released Seven Pointed Star. It was a mixed EP that showcased an artist with a unique sound but ideas that didn’t always pan out. His latest release Urania’s Mirror is a full-length album and is a vast improvement in just about every area. The recording quality, the songwriting and delivery are just that tip of what is better about this release. As I mentioned in my review of Seven Pointed Star the only band he sort of reminds me of is Sunset Rubdown. There is an element on folklore, fantasy and mythology that instead of sounding contrived and silly somehow works very well.
Goosey has a voice that doesn't take much effort to enjoy but certainly doesn’t sound like many other singers. You might find it a little unsettling at first but it certainly grows on you and gets better with time.
The album opens with “Orange Lights In The Sky,” which revolves around soft and gigantic sounding pads and a powerful drum sound. It’s ultimately his memorable vocal melody and lyrics, which carry the song. He sings, “Orange Lights in the sky, make me wonder why, why it seems so unreal.”
The first song isn't a fluke as you discover with “In The Valley Below.” Between the guitar playing, majestic synth and the vocals he finds an emotional center that was vacant on Seven Pointed Star. The same goes for the next track “Like A Feather.” It’s a big, grandiose sound but not in the same way as Cold Play.
One of the highlights is “Micheals Mountain.” He sings, “what are you are could never be replaced, what you sing can never be sung by anyone else.” It moves slowly but sounds full and the harpsichord like instrument was certainly a good choice for this track. As the album progresses there a number of other songs that stood out such as “Sad Blue Parade,” “Fill The Earth With Light” and “The Healing Rain.”
The only minor issue I have is that a number of the songs were not at the same volume level. This is something a proper mastering job would have taken care of. Goosey was a case of wait and see. I can now say that Goosey has come into his own with Urania’s Mirror and has found his niche.
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