Tranquil Ends is made up of a father/daughter team consisting of Afton (the daughter) as the songwriter, lyricist and vocals and Darin (the dad) on songwriting, instruments, background vocals and production. The duo make music in their home-grown studio in Illinois and with their debut EP Consequence introduce to audiences their happening synth-pop sound that recalls a very Chvrches and Robyn vibe.
Consequence begins with “Burning Castle” that feels very synths-heavy in vibe. The electronic beats arrive alongside some percussion. Afton’s vocals are like a blast of fresh air. The sound of keys gives this track a great retro flair. This track was also soaked in reverb, adding a dash of distortion to the vibes. Some glitch-y synths sound out here for an alien-like vibe on “Hindsight.” Next, the electronic beats and rhythms come in for an electric sound. The synthwave music paired with Afton’s compelling vocals made for quite a blend of sounds.
Starting off with some ominous synths and beats, the riffs reverberate for an echo-y sound on “Won’t.” The keys alongside Afton’s vocals have a soaring effect as together her singing and the music felt like more in the pop ballad vein as everything came together. Midway into the song, industrial-sounding synths come in for a heavy vibe. Right off the get-go, Afton’s vocals arrive on “Human 2.” I enjoyed the slow grooving buildup. This felt like a great trance and EDM track. Afton’s vocal harmonies float over the synths-based music.
On “Friends To Strangers,” synths and beats arrive for a sauntering feel. Her vocals are able to capture a rich emotional listening experience. As she belts out “you say I can’t/ doesn’t stop me/ from coming back” you can really feel the emotions behind her lyrics. As shimmering synths come in for a radioactive pull, Afton’s distorted and fuzzed-out vocals enter on “Devil’s Grinning.” Next, some pulsating beats add a gravitating element to this song. Afton struts in with more of her vocal versatility to give us a very rap-like sequence. This really helped propel the track forward. The title track “Consequence” is a piano-led song. I was loving the quiet harmonies in the backdrop of this song. Slowly some synths and beats light up the vibe here for a dance feel. With this closer, Afton and Darin tie in a lot of dynamic elements to make up the great sounds here.
I thought that at the focal point of this recording was Afton’s vocal delivery. At certain instances, her singing touches base with a vulnerable vibe while at other moments she sounds bold and daring. At points, this album gave off a very lo-fi vibe and I think by giving this recording some studio time will undoubtedly take this to the next level. Though the band is just starting off, I thought Afton and Darin showed a whole lot of potential with this EP
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