This group’s name (Porcelain Siren) has to be one of the coolest names I’ve heard in a while. The album Organized Chaos opens with a haunting descant melody that tempts as much as it threatens especially as the waves start to build upon the shore and the dark drone of electronics are introduced. At this point, you feel yourself propelled into the trap; the sirens waiting amongst the rocks are the final scene. A warning was given and yet the music wouldn’t allow escape.
Organized Chaos isn’t very chaotic at all, but it isn’t necessarily uniform. The alternative culture and mood inspired writings leave the ears piqued and on the edge of something just beyond the song.
It’s impressive to note how the tracks cerebrally stimulate and explore the psyche without hitting the listener over the head with provocative lyrics or over-extended instrumental meandering. Each song has a core and builds from there; tame at first then subtly enriched with intensity and anticipation. The percussion on this album hits at the right times, bringing to life a full sound. Although it’s constantly submerged in a tone of reserved power, never meant to overwhelm or drive, we lose ourselves in the sway, in the waves, in the void. Where there is calm, there is always an element of suspense and where there is darkness, light always seems to peak through if only just to bear witness.
“Mess” is our introduction to a seductive female lead, light and breathy while also bold and soaring. She pulls so much emotion out of the sparing instrumentation, dancing along with the piano as it grounds firmly this sense of discord. On “Hide” she accentuates her ability to find madness and intrigue in hushed tones, whispering of an unforeseen force, coming ever closer. It climaxes softly, but you’ll feel a chill nonetheless.
“Swirls of Grey” sounds a touch Evanescence and has a beautiful resolving progression, which fits so well in range and timbre. “Unreborn” is one interesting title and word invention at the same time. You can’t help but read into this one and find some kind of meaning beneath the drifting synths and intimate vocals. On this album, Porcelain Siren succeeds in demonstrating just how much less can be more. Bravo.
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