CD REVIEW: Charlee Remitz - These Veins (EP)
by: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: Charlie Remitz
CD: These Veins (EP)
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: New Age Pop, Ambient Vocal Pop, Alternative Rock
Sounds Like: The Cranberries, Enya, Sarah McLaughlin, Lorde
Technical Grade: 7/10
Weakness: Winded Songs, More solo segments, Rhythm Section needs an upgrade, EP Release, Liner Notes?
In her own words: I’m the type of person that appreciates people who can make simplicity stand on it’s own. When I look in the mirror, I see a simple creature trying to make an extraordinary life for herself. I think life is delicate and passes by far too quickly for my liking. That’s why I’m here. I have a dream that I’ve been waiting to chase my entire nineteen years of living and I refused to waste another minute sitting on my hands waiting for my chance. It has finally come. This 5 songs EP entitled These Veins was released in 2014.
The EP methodically and gently takes flight with the title track “These Veins” a smooth intro groove that serves up inviting vocal presence, meshed against impressive musical ambience, electronic-based rhythm section and mesmerizing vocal delivery. Track 2 “Rap Gods” my personal favorite presents a striking, slow moving follow-up statement with methodical musical flow built against passionate melody that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. Track 3 “Spoiled Rotten” delivers a hypnotic melody against impressive sonic ambience, and thought provoking lyrical content. Right from the starts I would classify this music as New Age Pop, or Ambient Vocal Pop, meshed with the better touches of Alternative Rock popular in the 90's. The production quality is impressive for a DIY artist, and the musical abilities of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. Along the way you will notice a wide array of instrumentation with things like well-placed Sampling and Electronica-Dub Sound Effects, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Bass, Sporadic Percussion, Electric Piano, Lush Harmonies all built upon an electronic rhythm foundation. Remitz delivers an impressive Mezzo Soprano and it fits together like a hand in glove. She fills the sonic space peacefully and unobtrusively. Their vocal style is cut from the cloth of Cocteau Twins (Elizabeth Frazier) Sarah McLaughlin, Lorde, and even The Cranberries. Sometimes she even reminds me a lot of Eddie Brickell. It definitely works well within the confines of this Sonic-Pop catalogue. I also like how their vocals flow and ebb with the music. All the Engineering aspects check out (Recording, Mixing, Mastering) as the CD possesses solid low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. These Veins (EP) from Charlie Remitz delivers 5 compelling tracks that provide an interesting cross section between Sonic Pop and New Age Alternative. All 5 pieces are captivating, positive, passionate and consistent. These veins EP has something for just about everyone. EP ends with track 5 “Flash Flash” the perfect finale statement for an EP of this caliber.
All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. Though the Electronic Drums provide some variety however at the end of the say they sound overly robotic, synthetic and somewhat thin. Adding in a live drummer to go with the Electronic Drums segments would fix this issue nicely. I also wish there were more solo segments throughout the EP. I typically deduct 1 star for EP releases, as the full length CD is the most complete snapshot to judge an artist by. Liner note are nonexistent. Typically production credits should be given for all those folks involved behind the scenes i/e Mixing, Mastering, Recording Engineers, Musicians, Producers, etc. There’s no release date anywhere on the EP package.
I like everything about Charlie Remitz. She possess a lot of potential as their sound will no doubt evolve and grow over the years to come. For the record this EP is a great place to springboard from, as every artist has to start from somewhere. The music is compelling, passionate, melodic, uplifting and mesmerizing. I look forward to hearing more material from Remitz soon hopefully via a full length release later on this Summer.