Experimenting with Dawn is the project of a formerly married couple; Michael Louis (bass/guitar/ drums/synthesizer/lead vocals) and Gabrielle Fae (lead vocals) make gothic/gloompop according to them. If I could add on to that a bit I’d say there is post-punk in there along with new wave.
Their self-titled album Experimenting with Dawn is a fun venture in a darker atmosphere that will still make you dance. The songs were a little under produced to my ears but I felt the band also made some wise aesthetic decisions.
They open with “So Close, Too Close” which is where you can hear my comparisons to new wave and post-punk. The music seems to have influences from closely related bands New Order and Joy Division.
“Mad Descension” has a different feel. Fae takes the lead vocals and the song has a goth ’80s ballad vibe. Pretty cool stuff but it felt a bit odd coming off the opener. “Who She Portrays” revolves around a reverb-laced guitar, palatable melodies and darkness while “Bring The Moon” is a little more epic sounding. Kind of like they are playing in a cathedral.
“Stranger To Me” was a highlight. I really liked what was going on with the drums and bass on this track. The vocals seemed to be a little more clear and distinct on this track. “Primal Need’ leans towards dance territory with a huge kick and a good amount of sounds. They go back into a ballad with “Burden” and they close with “Falter” which is a pretty straightforward song.
I know this is a dark album is some ways but it is also just good fun. It’s actually a nice juxtaposition to hear these days as there are a surplus of bands which jump on the synth pop bandwagons trying to imitate bands like Passion Pit and Cut Copy that are all about good vibes.
The unbridled exuberance of too many people trying to tell me how awesome everything can be is a weight on my soul. Experimenting with Dawn is a remedy for that. Recommended.
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