First Reaction: Lena Fayre 'Is There Only One?' EP
Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:49:13
SoCal singer and songwriter takes pop music into uncharted realms with impressive results on new EP.
Lena Fayre's Is There Only One? EP arrives this Friday, July 24. Our first reaction is that this five-song collection will haunt you in the most wonderful way possible. Think of Portishead's Dummy but for the Instagram age, and you'll have somewhat of an idea what the Southern California songstress sounds like. At the same time, she does so much more than that. This is a deep, dark, and dynamic offering forged in fires of raw emotion and surrounded by elegantly enchanting instrumentation and production. Arriving on the heels of the critically acclaimed Oko, it's the kind of body of work you want to just close your eyes and fall into.
During the opener "Do You Like That?", bright keys build into a soulful verse highlighting her range. However, it's what sounds like a space harp pluck amongst a stark bridge when she admits, "I'm just being honest" that really chills. "There's more to me than self-esteem" is another ponderous line that begs a closer listen. It's a gorgeously ominous opener to the entire aural trek that ensues rife with orchestral packages and sweeping cinematic bombast. "Possession" isn't about an object; it's more the feeling of being possessed by this lithe and lush voice. At the same time, "New Sensation" adds a brisk R&B flavor announcing, "This is a new sensation" and "Boy you've been out of my mind" in a cadence that Aaliyah would be proud of.
"Colors of Leaving" enchants and entices, while everything culminates during the soothing and simmering "Serenity." Her vocal delivery becomes angelic, but in the most striking manner. It stretches to the heavens as if reaching up from darkness for the peace the track's title promises. Whatever you take from it, you'll feel that.
Listen To "Colors of Leaving" from Lena Fayre: