Womb bloomer is the solo effort for Jaden Richeson. Skinned is a six-song EP which was created with what sounds like virtual instruments. It’s not a very organic sounding EP in plenty of ways when it comes to the music. Luckily, the vocals give the music a human component.
The production isn’t jaw dropping but works for what you might call melancholy bedroom pop. It took a little bit of time but the album grew on me. There is some good songwriting that shines through.
The EP opens with “From A Friend” which felt like an intro. Digital crystals play a melody and in the background is indistinguishable chatter. At the very least it got my attention. “Movie” is where we get to hear vocals. The delivery in the vocals is filled with sadness but creates a feeling of solace against the warm sounding synths.
Richeson sings, “I don’t know why It all has to end up like a movie in my mind for me to be fine” which I felt was a subtle yet powerful line. We’ve seen the movies and want it all to work out but sometimes life doesn't end up where you thought.
“Apartment” has a little more energy and sounded somewhere between Lali Puna and Postal Service. The vocals sound great and it's arguably the best beat on the EP.
As the album progressed I was impressed. “Whisper” lasts a little over a minute but is delightful. The more substantial “Silhouette” felt like the centerpiece. It finally hit me here that the music had a lot in common with Youth Lagoon. The closer “Skinned” is a subdued song with contemplative thought.
Richeson is doing a lot of things right. There is uniformity to the songs and there is a nice balance as well. This is a great start. I predict good things to come.
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