Momo Aphrodite offers a breezy dreamscape electro pop sound with her self-titled album. She is a perpetual creator with talents the expand beyond music and push more toward visual art. She is an open book of expression and that is something that comes through in this album. She is a singer and songwriter who leans on her piano to compose her songs. Her process often involves her brain waking her in the middle of the night and she is compelled to begin working on her piano right there on the spot. I can certainly relate, despite me dedicating a large part of my life to sleep, my brain simply doesn't care and manifests some of the best ideas I've ever had in the middle of the night. Momo is the kind of artist who I sense is bursting with creativity and ideas, this is something that also comes through on this album.
To start, I love her voice, fell for it immediately upon hearing the first track, "Invisible." Her vocal style is one that is understated but very strong. She's a not a bells whistle kind of person when it comes to her vocal work and he doesn't have to be. She is also a choice lyricist who's versatile and bravely vulnerable. There are only five songs on this album but I respect each and every one for the lyrics she puts down, they are incredible.
Musically there are a few twists and turns within the tone of the tracks, but overall this a very low-fi, almost shoegaze like experience. My favorite is the opening track "Invisible" in both lyrical and composition quality. It's a great blend of her R&B and electro influences. The rest of the songs feel very much more situated in the R&B realm in terms of composition however there are certain tracks that maintain very electro elements in terms of the instrument choices.
Number three, "Painful" has some interesting instrumental concepts that were a pleasant surprise and helped that songs break away from the herd. The only problem I had was that there was stagnant, sterile sensation attached the instruments with the exception of the piano work. The electronic instruments felt a little too out of the box. Sometimes the best cure for this is more live instrumental elements or sampling electronic sounds from outside the program you are using.
I am however not discounting the work of audio engineer Andrew Dugan who did an excellent job putting a final touch on the album. I could tell he paid special attention to her voice and handled it with great care. The recording was done in Momo's bedroom which is fine by me, the album sounded great. Again, the big selling point is the words, and every one of her words comes through beautifully.
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