Jessica Domingo is a Seattle-based alternative R&B/pop artist who in the past few months in particular has seen her following across social media platforms rocket exponentially, and she’s currently riding high on a wave of success thanks to her latest EP, Moonplay.
Starting things off with the rather subdued “Sleep” – with its stripped back instrumentation – might not have been Domingo’s best idea but the track does showcase her smooth and soulful vocal which alone makes the song worthy of repeat listens.
“No Good” follows along a similar path, meaning the two songs at times sound almost like copies of one another, but “F.N.S.” picks things up somewhat and gets the collection on a much more stable path (metaphorically speaking at least). “Electrical Desire” meanwhile has a slow-burn of a toe-tapping rhythm and once again it’s Domingo’s vocal that makes the track shine.
The ballad “Echoes” is undoubtedly the stand-out number on the EP and addresses first-hand the many difficulties that can come from and with long-distance relationships. It’s a raw and honest account of a hard time in Domingo’s own life and she should be duly credited for being brave enough to write about the experience and share it with the world.
Closing number “Wonderland” could have easily been missed off the collection and it’s inclusion means the EP ends on a rather demure note. The vocal is breathy, almost lost at times under the instrumentation, and while it might work as a track to unwind to after a difficult day, ultimately, it’s the weakest song on the collection and makes for a somewhat disappointing end to the latest piece of work from a talented artist.