REVIEW: ORISSA – RESURRECTION 198

The sound of what sounds like chains which makes up intro piece “Circle X”gets Orrisa’s new album off to an interesting and atmospheric start and makes a refreshing change from the usual piano based interludes several albums in recent times have opened with, but when “Tara”, complete with impressive vocals and strong instrumentation kicks in, the collection shifts –albeit only for a few minutes – into high gear.

The rather sombre guitar of “Shades Of Grey” begins the closest thing to a ballad that the album features, while at the same time showcasing Orissa’s versatility– it’s a simplistic little number, but it says one hell of a lot. “Dissolution” brings back the heavier guitar and deeper vocals which rock fans will lap up however, clocking in at almost 8 minutes in length, the song is far too long and runs the risk of being cut off or skipped over completely.

“Psalm 1”, at 7 minutes and 12 seconds, has a similar problem, not at all helped by the lullaby-like introduction and a vocal which is surprisingly soft – at least until 5 minutes in when the tempo and the power with which the lyrics are delivered are both upped considerably. It’s not a bad track by any means, but it’s also not one likely to find itself put on repeat very often.

“Primordial” might as well have been left off the album all together. Consisting of little more than breathy air sounds and the odd rumble, its inclusion on the collection is likely to baffle listeners as much as it did myself. Fortunately “Verse V” gets things somewhat back on track thanks to a guitar lick sure to have many air-strumming to, however it is also the third number on the album to come in at more than seven minutes long. Once again, the piece is longer than necessary and distracts from the strong musicianship presented to those who hear it.

It’s also a shame, although admittedly not that surprising, to find that closing number “Blue Communion” is yet another long track – in fact it’s the longest on the album by some considerable margin. While it works as a showcase of Orissa’s talents, its length once again means it runs the very likely risk of dis-interesting – perhaps even boring – those who check it out.

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REVIEW: EMILY FAYE – ‘HERE I AM’ EP 34

Championed by Rolling Stone last year and named one of their ‘Ten New Country Artists You Need To Know’, Emily Faye’s passion for music stretches far beyond the short time she’s been in the spotlight as a star in her own right. Having gone from writing songs in her bedroom and studying at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute, she’s now released her debut EP called Here I Am.

Opening with “Open Road”, the collection gets off to a great and upbeat start, thanks to Faye’s soft, almost innocent vocal perfectly being perfectly paired with a toe-tapping country rhythm. “Giving In” is much slower, but maintains the EP’s focus on Faye’s vocal talents as she delivers the tracks’ strong, emotive lyrics that hold a a hint of defiance and rebellion in them.

“Game Over” is the kind of track that deserves to be played when listeners are taking a summer’s day drive with their friends. There’s an unmistakable ‘freedom and exploration’ vibe to the song – a perfect accompaniment to the upcoming summer break – that is sure to have the piece put on repeat.

Written about being comfortable with someone; a boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, or friend, who loves you for you, no matter what, there’s a reflective, deeply emotive and connective feel to closing number “Me For Me”, and as someone who has always struggled with self-confidence, the song reminded me that I have people in my life who wouldn’t and don’t want me to change who or how I am.

The EP as a whole has a very almost old-school, traditional feel to it, making it stand out from the many other releases of recent weeks and months that have focused more on the modern music styles which dominate the charts and the industry in general. The collection is a fantastic introduction to one of the hottest names in country music right now and will certainly have fans eager to see where Emily Faye goes and what she creates with her talent next.

THE SUMMER SEASON KICKS INTO GEAR WITH THE IBIZA BURLESQUE FESTIVAL 59

As summer approaches and the festival season slowly gets into full-swing, one of the hottest upcoming events is the second annual Ibiza Burlesque festival, which takes place Friday 25th – Sunday 27th May.

Founded by singer-songwriter Sapphira, who has found the music of the white isle a lifeline during her struggles with bipolar, this years’ event, organised by the globally established company Sapphira’s Showgirls which champions self-expression and fundraises in support of mental health, includes a tribute of her debut single Money$hot as well as a special guest appearance by Billboard Top 20 and Grammy Award winning artist, Kim Cameron with DJ Halo.

Other highlights of the festival include performances from several world class artists, hailing from seven different countries, with Innocence Bliss and Jamilia Wardknott, both from the UK, and Italy’s Scarlet Lovelace among those confirmed to entertain those in attendance. There’s also a swimwear parade, a couple of pool parties and, if you fancy learning a little bit of burlesque yourself, you can take a beginner class in Sex A Peel with Sheila Starr Siani or Fantastic Fans with Sapphira.

The festival works in partnership with premium venues on the island, with the premier event – the Bass & Tease gala – taking place at the distinguished Heart Ibiza, a state-of-the-art restaurant come nightclub. From the first day to the last, the festival is set to delight and excite all those who attend.

For a full programme of events and to purchase tickets, visit the festival website.