Earth from Space is an album by the duo of Dylan Manna and Sonja Teszler who just go by Dylan and Sonja. As I was listening to the album it really felt like I was witnessing a play. At the very least I kept picturing a duet in an auditorium. These songs don’t cry out that you are listening to a band. It felt like acts in a play.
The piano is the main instrument here which is played in a classical style a lot of the times. I was very impressed with the technical ability. The guitar based tracks really aren't on the same level in a technical level which mostly come in the form of strummed chords.
Teszler has a great voice and her singing only adds to the feeling I was witnessing a play. I enjoyed her singing style. Manna sings on occasion and also sounds good.
The seven songs seem to come from the same emotional foundation which is warm melancholy and sadness. I would say the piano pieces in particular have such a similar tone and texture. The mood is one I liked but I have to admit I wanted a little more diversity in terms of the emotion that you would, for instance, expect in a play. I wanted some of the songs to contain more energy or maybe a wider range of emotions.
When it comes to the lyrics there is a lot of focus on pain and sadness as well. Up first is “Lover” where we are greeted with fantastic piano playing and the vocals. The performances are fairly dynamic and you get the sense you are in the room with them. Up next is “Cruel” which swaps instrumentation for guitar and orchestral strings.
Up next is “River,” “Dance” and “Basement” which are all piano based. These three songs all pour on a very similar melancholy. Last on the album is “Light” which contains a lot of humming and harmonizing along with guitar. It's arguably the most serene track in the batch.
As an engineer myself I have to admit I wanted more intimacy with these songs. I wanted to feel a little closer to the performances which can be achieved with tools like compression and mic-ing techniques.
I liked the minimalism of these pieces but if the duo every decides to incorporate these songs into a play I will gladly attend the show in Chicago. Break a leg.
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