Stefania is an artist from Calgary, Alberta. She has been playing music for over ten years and earlier this year she released Do You Know My Name?. It didn’t take her too long to release another EP entitled Feeling My Way Through the Dark.
The EP starts with “Feeling My Way Through the Dark” which is a lush and atmospheric song. It starts with a steady beat, palm muted guitar and some additional reverb laced guitar. Her singing is fairly subdued and almost stoic sounding as she sings the song. The sound is sort of dark but not dismal or bleak. I kept on thinking of taking a walk at midnight through a city.
That misty shoegaze atmosphere is explored more on “Phases.” I loved some of the guitar which twinkled like stars in the night sky. The lyrics seem to explore a breakup but the lyrics are also ambiguous and can be interpreted in different ways. She sings, “I don’t know why it went this way / It takes some time but it will fade / It’s a phase now.”
“Complexity” still has a good amount of atmosphere but it's a tad brighter than everything that comes before it. This song has a hypnotic quality and slowly builds with additional guitar parts. The lyrics in this song are a little more straightforward and revolve around the complexities of a relationship. “What's Your Hurry?” is another solid track with darker qualities. Portishead came to mind on this track. The last track “Thoughts for the Ending” is a short ambient guitar piece that felt fitting.
One of the things I also mention in my reviews is cohesion and creating a foundation. That is definitely an area where her music shines. The songs feel connected at the hip yet there is enough deviation from her palette of sounds to make it feel like a seamless experience. I suppose the only thing on my wish list is for some reason I kept on hearing sad horns in the background. Her music is general has a darker moody quality and I felt like horns might complete this sort of noir setting I kept picturing in my mind.
Overall, I think this music will appeal to a lot of people but this does have a dream pop, shoegaze aesthetic that will attract fans of acts like Beach House and The Chromatics. Take a listen.
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