An album from one of them there singer-songwriter types here. Vera Sola’s got a nifty Angel Olsen sort of thing going on on her debut LP Shades. The indie doo-wop of ‘Small Minds’, for instance, bears a strong similarity to Olsen’s much-loved ‘Never Be Mine’. All in all this is a perfectly well-wrought record.
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Sometimes maintaining a mood is the best thing you can do. I’m all for variety, but when an album really keys into one particular mood, and stays there, it can be utterly mesmerising. On ‘Shades’, singer songwriter Vera Sola’s debut solo album, she does just that. The mood Sola has opted for is one that is noir-ish, that is sombre and controlled. Across the album’s ten tracks Sola takes us somewhere that feels hopeless, but remains utterly resilient in its face.
One reason this is so effectively communicated is that ‘Shades’ was recorded by Sola in its entirely. She’s a very talented singer and guitarist, but it shouldn’t take an expert to hear that the drumming for example, does not suggest the most experience. But, of course, it doesn’t have to. And in the case of the drumming the simple drum beats that drive Sola’s songs forward feel ideal. As does the simple organ. And much like the unfairly maligned Meg White, the simplicity of parts of the arrangement are necessary for letting its more technical aspects shine.
And shine they do. Sola’s vocal performances here are wonderful. The confidence in her delivery is captivating. Each line drips tension and personality. Harmonies are sparingly but effectively used, as is the occasional heart-wrenching vocal wobble. And all this is in contribution to that intangible, ephemeral mood. If you’re looking for an album to really sink into this winter, ‘Shades’ is ideal.
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