Album Review: We Sink – Soley
Breaking away from her group Seabear, Icelandic singer songwriter Soley follows up last years Theater Island EP with this her first full length studio album. We Sink is equal parts charming and weird and although for the most part its a positively infectious and intriguing it has a few holes within it which rock the boat from time to time.
Whats really interesting about this record is that it has two sides to it, on one hand from behind her brittle percussion and delicate, beautiful piano patterns Soley is full of whimsical charm. She can be very sweet yet sincere enough for her not to become overly cutesy in a dim manner. Album closer “Theater Island” is a good example of how well she pulls this off. The flip side to this persona is very strange, odd and somewhat dark. Changing the key and ultimately the tone of her piano on tracks like “Fight Them Soft” and “Kill That Clown” give off a somewhat cold and sinister vibe. The light use of electronic elements help push this style even further and add a whole lot to the isolated atmosphere created. In regards the latter mentioned song, the strange dream/nightmare like lyrics contort things even further. For me this only adds another dimension to Soley and furthers her potential.
The vocals on We Sink are just as important and effective as any of the instrumentation, Soley’s accent is never hidden away in fact its used to create a distinct, icy demeanor that pushes her words and melodies right to the front of certain compositions. The minimalist style of We Sink is definetly the best fit for Soley as she shows that with it she can carve out some really interesting and at times pretty introspective atmospheres. What lets the album down a little is the fact it dosent quite latch on to the darker elements as much as it should. The more sombre and strange tones to the album are definetly what gives it an edge and has this been applied harder, We Sink would have been something much more consistent and impact full. But as it stands we can clearly see that the Icelandic singer is working with the right set of tools and has a whole load of potential to expand the good aspects of We Sink into something great.