Marrying intimate vocals with attacking soundscapes, Californian Chelsey And The Noise two-piece have created a violent collage of hooks and melody with ‘Blank Frames’, the duo’s second release.
Kicking things off with ‘Mountain’, we’re greeted with a snapping snare that drives itself into a verse comprised of squealing synths and lurching bass lines before spiraling into a stop-start chorus.
Amongst the sharp percussion and dense synthesisers sits Chelsey Hice‘s vocals. The soft and smooth tones captured in her performance not only add a cohesive nature to it, they also create a shade of beauty to the aggressive composition.
During ‘Thick/Clear’, Brent Watters takes distorted guitars and forms them into tools to cut through thick bass lines. The song itself veers from its industrial roots into a melancholic ballad for its last act. As the track drifts towards a light motif, rough drums crash through the piano, creating a pounding rhythm. Whilst sonic experimentation comes into play, it doesn’t lose its consistency.
Closing things up, ‘Depth Denying’ is a track that sinks into you and doesn’t let go. Slowly opening up using modulated synths and guitars, the verse dives into a growling bass driven chorus. The two sections convey the duo’s sound perfectly, switching from pummeling to hypnotic with ease.
As the second run of the chorus decays, the bridge opens up a new dimension of the duo. Comprised of delicate notes and an intimate vocal performance, the track pulls you in before a thundering chorus drags the release to its end.
In just four tracks, the duo create an eclectic mix of genres without compromise, leaving you wanting more.
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