Evan DeGirolamo and Emily Charash recently released Vegas' Child. Apparently, DeGirolamo is going solo after but on Vegas' Child Charash was responsible for the production and instrumentation. On that note the production was impressive throughout. Charash has an ear for aesthetics and knows how to combine an off-kilter beat with atmospheric elements.
I had slightly polarized feelings about DeGirolamo’s vocals. Most of the time I thought he sounded good but there were certain notes in phrases where the inflection wasn’t as appealing. He sounds best at a lower register where his singing is almost hushed. DeGirolamo sounds young when he sings. It's a hard quality to describe but it's definitely there. I’m not trying to knock it. In fact two vocalist, Trevor Powers and Phil Elverum, have a similar singing voice.
Up first is the title track which starts with cascading pads, a unique kick drum pattern and vocals. I was actually reminded of Bjork at times. The hooks present themselves with multiple listens. It’s a solid opener that certainly got my attention. Luckily there’s a lot to appreciate as the EP progresses.
Even better in my opinion was “It Gets Dark.” The production was top notch with inventive elements and transitions. The lyrics don’t disappoint either. DeGirolamo keeps the meaning ambiguous and open. He sings, “And as I sit in the dark I let it wrap its arms around Till I’m completely covered up.” “The Boardwalk (Interlude)” is almost all atmosphere. It’s an emotionally resonant song putting the vocals front and center.
The highlight was “Inside My Dreams.” The piano is simply fantastic and the song has a saloon type swing to it. On top of that DeGirolamo really delivers on the vocals. He sounds great here. Things wrap up with an emotional note with “American Blood.”
Vegas' Child is a solid effort. The more time I spent the more I enjoyed it. Recommended
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