Laura Aidanblaise – Get Thee to the World / 2007 Self / http://www.myspace.com/lauraaidanblaise
â€œGet Thee to the Worldâ€ shows Aidanblaise as one of the most innovative indie artists currently creating music. While it is a forgone conclusion that most instrumentation is created to highlight a singer, Aidanblaise takes this to itsâ€™ logical conclusion. The pacing and emotional intensity of the instrumentation is directly linked to Aidanblaiseâ€™s vocals, something that becomes clear during â€œThat Old Roadâ€. While the song may sound a little bare at time, the organic approach allows a raw, visceral intensity that few artists can channel.
â€œThat Old Roadâ€ ends quietly, but individuals are forever changed by the powerful vocals of Aidanblaise. â€œCharlieâ€™s Gunsâ€ flips the script in that the instrumentation starts the track, instead of being influenced by the vocals. This means that there is a little dissention present between these two parts of Aidanblaiseâ€™s sound. This does not create musical dissonance, but rather enables both pieces to ratchet themselves up in a rivalry. What results is a different sound for Aidanblaise and one in which all listeners will be enthralled. The song is deliberate and quiet, but this is largely a faÃ§ade. The faÃ§ade hides an anger and energy in Aidanblaiseâ€™s voice that comes forth during the chorus, and links Aidanblaise to prior singers like Fiona Apple and Bjork. â€œBloodloveâ€ provides yet another style to link to Aidanblaise. While there is an outward sound that is similar to other songs on the EP, Aidanblaiseâ€™s vocals brings her into a Vetiver /Jana Hunter / Dicristina direction.
The tracks on â€œGet Thee to the Worldâ€ are cohesive, even if they do direct listeners to different styles and approaches. â€œBloodloveâ€ includes a chorus that will actually bring listeners to sing along after their first few listens to â€œGet Thee to the Worldâ€. The replay value of this EP is only helped by the inclusion of a track like â€œBloodloveâ€, as it completely demolishes any ideas that individuals may have about who Aidanblaise is, who Aidanblaise is influenced by, and what styles of music will be present on â€œGet Thee to the Worldâ€. I have no doubt in my mind that Aidanblaise will be able to transfer the energy and skill shown on this EP to a longer format. Keep an eye on Aidanblaise and pick up that full-length release, as I believe that she still have many other directions in which she could take her music. The style may be a little specialized, but the rewards will be great if individuals give enough of their attention to this EP.
Top Track: Bloodlove