Shelita Burke Transfixed EP Review

On her new EP, Transfixed, Seattle’s Shelita Burke lets listeners in. Transfixed is a tender track that firmly places Burke into the singer-songwriter style, while adding hints of alternative and indie into the mix. The production of this introductory effort is tender, establishing a cozy sound to Burke’s music that will immediately draw listeners in. Pour allows the instrumental side of things to shine, with percussive and emotive guitar work take a focal point. Shelita_Burke_CoverShelita is able to pull double duty on this track, with her vocals telling a story as well as contributing to the overall harmonies achieved by the effort.

Gold is a track that elicits comparisons to Tori Amos, Bjork and Sara McLachlan; Burke’s vocals here are unparalleled in terms of range or depth. Swim forges out in a bold new path as Burke contributes a timeless set of vocals. The soft and sedate sounds of this composition contribute to the overall sound of the EP; Burke is able to have a cohesive and comprehensive sound to this release that is rare to hear in current music. The Transfixed EP concludes with Else; the use of different time signatures in the vocal delivery of Burke showcases something wholly different than had been experienced so far on this release. The track’s desire to challenge commonly-held beliefs about music is the reason why it is so well-received; Burke is able to continually add tools to her skill set at the latest registers of this EP.

For more information about Burke, her debut EP, and further information about the paths that she will take on subsequent releases, visit her domain. Additional information about new songs and live dates is present on Burke’s social media accounts.

Top Tracks: Transfixed, Pour

Rating: 8.5/10

Shelita Burke Transfixed EP Review / 2015 Self / 5 Tracks / http://shelitaburke.com/ / https://twitter.com/ShelitaBurke/ / https://soundcloud.com/shelitaburke

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