â€œBloomâ€ is the first track on â€œIncantationâ€, and it showcases a wonderful interplay between the vocal and instrumental sides of Madorskyâ€™s compositions. There is a timeless feel to this track that will ensure that all fans of music will be able to find something that they can appreciate. The pacing of â€œBloomâ€ is similarly strong; the more martial types of drums here are moderated by Madorskyâ€™s unique voice. â€œBroken Artifactsâ€ is more slinky and comes forth from a different set of influences than â€œBloomâ€ did; this differentiation is what will get listeners strapped in for the long haul.
Where there was a balance between the instrumental and vocal elements the first time out, the vocal dominance during â€œBroken Artifactsâ€ creates a different experience for listeners. Touching more on sixties psychedelic and eighties gothic styles, the track is a hit for Madorsky. â€œChangeâ€ has a sunnier disposition thank â€œBroken Artifactsâ€, using a guitar twinkling at the periphery to bolster Madorskyâ€™s vocals. It is the instrumentation that shines brightest here, though. This is because, despite the outward simplicity of the instrument, there is a tremendously intricate style to the arrangements here that gradually reveal themselves after a number of listens. â€œTherapistâ€™s Officeâ€ stands out as another distinct track on â€œIncantationâ€, being fueled with a chunky bass line that fits Madorskyâ€™s vocals well. The increasing tempo of the track brings in a sound that has hints of the B-52s and R.E.M. while ensuring that Madorskyâ€™s moxie is not lost. â€œPictures of Hopeâ€ is yet another hit for Madorsky, as both instrument and vocals seem to hit on all cylinders.
The Tori Amos-like pianos provide additional emotional layers, while the vocals rise and fall with a confidence that remains even after the track finishes up. This confidence is something that does not disappear with later tracks on â€œIncantationâ€, either: â€œClinicâ€ and â€œSoundbyteâ€ are tracks that continue to add to the mystique of the album while setting listeners up for the next effort by Madorsky. What listeners should understand by the end of this album is that Madorsky will continue to make approachable music that is fulfilling, intricate, and will touch anyone lucky enough to tune in.
Top Tracks: Bloom, Pictures of Hope
Anna Madorsky â€“ Incantation / 2009 Self / 12 Songs / http://www.myspace.com/annamadorsky