I surmise that Celia Eydeland aka Nadoyel is a young artist considering she made her album So You Could Be The Best Person To Talk About You in a dorm. Dorm projects like this are rampant with technology. She utilized the ever popular Ableton and a keyboard to make her album.
Her album points to an artist who has some potential but still has a good way to go to compete with some of her influences. There was a fair amount that could improve in the production and recording quality department. Things like digital distortion and unbalanced levels are evident along with the other commonplace issues you hear with home recordists. The album is also stylistically uneven pointing to an artist who is still searching for her style. She goes from piano ballad type songs to experimental where the juxtaposition feels like it could be a different artist.
After a brief intro entitled “trance” she goes into an experimental effort entitled “elapse.” The lead synth is so much louder than everything else while the vocals are barely audible. The composition wasn’t too shabby and reminded me of Julianna Barwick and just needed to be properly mixed.
“Getting over” has better balance than “elapse.” “Getting over” gets pretty ethereal and is more or less a soundscape. “Go” is such a sudden switch in style that I checked to make sure I was listening to the right album. A simple piano and her vocals are the focal points and sounded like a melancholy ballad. I liked the song and her vocals but it felt so random after listening to the previous songs. The digital distortion unfortunately tarnishes her vocal performance. “Policies’ is a looping mantra of sound while “wrong answer” is plagued with too much distortion.
The best advice I can give Eydeland is to start learning more about production. I guarantee the fastest way to learn would be to find an experienced producer who she can collaborate with. The other way would be to learn the basics of recording, mixing and production through tutorials, books, etc. Compression techniques, phase alignment and balance are things you can learn and implement with trial and error.
Eydeland is a case of wait and see. If she is serious about a career in music and continues to want to learn more I can imagine these humble beginning will be just that for her in a couple of years.
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