Divasonic â€“ Changing Wind / 2007 Digital Bliss / 12 Tracks / http://www.divasonic.com /
The brand of wide-open, electronic pop music that Lynda Arnold puts down on â€œChanging Windâ€ will remind individuals of individuals like Enya and Bjork. There is a panoply of styles and sounds that are present on the discâ€™s opening track, â€œI Feel Highâ€. This means that funk, rock, and tribal sounds all unite to create something catchy but walking to the beat of a decidedly different drummer. This same general sound continues for â€œSummertimeâ€, but Lynda adds in more electronic influence to this track. This means that hints of the Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, and Josh Wink first show their influence during this track. â€œSummertimeâ€ shows Arnoldâ€™s ability to construct a narrative without anything in the way of vocals. The multiple instrumental layers present during this track give listeners something that all can enjoy. By the end of â€œSummertimeâ€, individuals will be hooked.
â€œGirationzâ€ is a track that has a decidedly Indian flare to it. This is due to the more pop-friendly vocals on this track, which are coupled with a current, R&B approach. The track is further diversified with the inclusion of a second set of vocals, an inclusion that spins the track into a reggae vibe. â€œTick Tick Boomâ€ is yet another shift in the sound and style of Divasonic. While there had been hints of jazz present in earlier tracks, â€œTick Tick Boomâ€ brings that style to the fore. Divasonic is an act that keeps a high energy, owing much to the multiple layers present in each and every track. The vast majority of tracks on â€œChanging Windâ€ are instrumental, but the ability brought to the compositions by Arnold is sufficient enough to keep individuals interested and focused in on each of the discâ€™s twelve tracks. With a high replay value, â€œChanging Windâ€ makes me feel confident that Divasonic will be a fixture in popular music.
The only question I have is where exactly Divasonic can go from here; the dance / ambient / electronic sounds of â€œChanging Windâ€ could be tapped again, but can the different influences present be re-arranged into something equally compelling? â€œProcessingâ€¦Luvâ€ is a track that could easily be confused with any of the popular dance artists, and I half thought that a Madonna track snuck into â€œChanging Windâ€ when the track first played. Â Pick this album up if you are a fan of smart pop, dance music, blues, or of a strong female that is not afraid to experiment with her music.
Top Tracks: I Feel High, Girationz