Sylvester Lambiec is a solo artist in Copenhagen, Denmark. He’s 19 years old, and this only makes his talent all the more impressive. He’s played in various bands over the years, and he started working on his latest project in his last year of high school. He’s creative in all meanings of the word, as he makes his own cover art too.
“Clutter” is the opening track of Lambiec’s self-titled EP Sylvester Lambiec. It’s driven by a catchy, dark, and haunted guitar riff matched with a gritty bass rhythm. Lambiec’s vocals are the most fascinating thing about this track, however. The rap-styled or “spoken word” approach here works with the punchy drum beat and dark riffs. The instrumentals really add something infectious to the track too; sizzling and screeching guitar hooks wail above the noise towards the climax of the song.
I thought I had Lambiec’s sound nailed after the opener, but I was far off the mark. “PocketJar” is a jazzy pop affair, and it’s catchy. A groaning trumpet wails in the distance while a slowly plodding beat and piano chords ring out beneath. The bass rhythm, the harmonized vocals ringing out in the background and the soothing, low tones of Lambiec’s lead vocals all combine to create some infectious verses. It’s jazz-pop, and I can’t think of how else to describe it. Catchy guitar and bass riffs drive a lot of the underlying melody to the track, but occasional bursts of piano chords and trumpet add a twisted element to the music.
“Senses” is driven by a punchy beat, flourishes of funky guitar and a deep bass rhythm. Lambiec’s back with mellow yet hard-hitting rapped verses. There are dark undertones once again, but there’s more of an upbeat feel to this track. There’s consistency to this album, and yet I’m never quite sure what’s coming next. The collaboration between bass and guitar on this song was very sonically satisfying. They may have been the backdrop to Lambiec’s vocals, but they didn’t slip away into obscurity; they were powerful and prominent in the track.
Another glitchy, electronic and hard-hitting drum beat opens in “Couch.” A twinkling, twangy guitar melody rings out in the distant, but it’s the bass rhythm which drives the core of the track yet again. Lambiec’s vocals once again skirt that delicate and blurry line between rapping and deep singing. It’s hard to place which he’s doing. There’s something catchy and infectious about the approach.
All in all, this five-song EP evokes the emotion and contains the diversity of an entire album. That’s something to be commended and I really can’t wait for whatever Lambiec does next
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