Whitcomb is a synth project located in Northern California. The artist just released Everlasting which is a three-song EP.
“Everlasting” is the first song and sounded similar to a band like LCD Soundsystem but way more digital sounding as if the sounds were all coming from a computer. That being said it felt like the highlight in the batch. The vocals were really great and sort of humanized the song with some emotion. I thought the vocals sounded like James Murphy and David Byrne. There’s one part however that sounds industrial and that is a very dramatic vocal affectation that does sound a bit out of place.
“Slip Away, Another Day” is less hyper and more dark. There are a lot of transitions in this song. Some of the vocals are varied on this song. There are some sections he sings where he sounds. He sounds best at a higher pitch similar to the first but something in the lower range didn’t hit me in the same way. Additionally, some of the vocals are covered in reverb and others seem on top of the mix.
Last up is “Strange Disguise’ and he sounds like Ian Curtis from Joy Division on this song to my ears. The song is digital sounding but has an opera-like quality as well which I found original. It also morphs into something that sounds like it’s from New Order. I’m going to surmise that the artist might be a fan.
My main critique was I did want a little sliver of the music to feel more organic. The music sounded like it was on a grid with metronome perfect timing but none of the dynamics you get with real performances. I think having a human drummer on these songs would be interesting.
There are some very cool ideas here and sometimes he nails it like we hear on the first song “Everlasting.” This to me feels like an artist who is just exploring this side to his talent and I look forward to hearing more soon.
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