Steve Sharfa (guitar/bass/drums) and Shannon Crawford (vocals/violin) are Singularity. Singularity has a whopping twenty four tracks which is two almost three albums worth of music.
The music feels firmly rooted in 80’s rock to my ear. There are those intense guitar solos and drumming patterns. The album is such a mix of genres and styles. It’s not only that the engineering is very varied. Some of the music is very lo-fi while other songs felt like solid home recordings.
The opening “Ashes of Fire” is one of the highlights. It contains some killer guitar work and drumming. As I mentioned the 80’ influence seems very apparent here which link to speed metal and heavy rock. “One Breath” was also one of my favorite tracks. There is a punk vibe on this song and thought Crawford sounded particularly good on this track.
“Solace” contains some softer elements like acoustic guitar and was a nice change of pace while “Unjustified” has it moments and again go for a more punk rock inspired moments. As the album progresses I felt there were a good amount of highlights.
There are so many songs here I really felt like it should have been split into two albums. I’m kind of old school in that I like to listen to it from beginning to end. Even my favorite albums which happen to be much shorter I have a hard time getting through in one sitting. My point being is sometimes brevity is beneficial.
As an engineer myself I have the admit the inconsistencies with the recording quality was my only issue here. Some songs for instance had too much low end with 200hz - 450hz and were masking the valuable mids while other songs were more clear. My suggestion, especially when working with this many songs is to hand it over to a professional mastering engineer who will solve issues like these.
Overall, I think there is a lot to praise about this album. There is a good variety of styles and I think this duo make a powerful combination. I thought the songs were well written in terms structure and top notch lyrics and delivery sealed the deal.
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