The Pink Dust Fathom Roy Mitchell-Cardenas (guitar/bass/keyboards/drums) and Cliff Littlefield (vocals/bass/guitar) are The Pink Dust. The duo recently released their fifth release entitled Fathom. The four songs in this release are atmospheric, contemporary and quite catchy. I found the palette of sounds was a treat for my ears from the long reverbs to the spacious vocals.
They get going with the title track “Fathom'' that builds on layers of pads, guitar, vocals and more which creates a heavy sustained ambience. It doesn't take too long from a beat to drop and a prominent guitar riff to enter into the equation which gives the song a foundation. Everything starts to simmer down once we get to the verse. Elements are loose and almost like free jazz in a sense. The chorus felt like a chorus. It’s catchy and all the musical elements come together which create some solid rocking out.
The band has more success with “I’m Gone” which combines synths, vocals, orchestral string and more. I was reminded of the band AIR on this song. The song is very catchy but also subdued and warm.
“Things That Matter Most'' might be the highlight. There is so much to appreciate here from the vocal melodies to the groove. On top of that I liked the transitions in the song which I feel were unique and unexpected. The last song “Lonely Still” was the most emotionally resonant. This song is about all the vocal melody and lyrics. It felt like an appropriate closer.
I thought this was a great EP. The songs had a cohesive quality which I always think is a big plus. On top of that the songwriting is top notch. Take a listen.
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