Artist: Siren’s Sky drop CD
The Review: Enter Netherlands based foursome called Siren’s Sky featuring Herbert Kaptein (guitar), Esther Bredius, Lydia Salnikova, Jessica Rasche (vocals). This latest album is entitled : “Forever”.
On the upside, you can expect 6 semi-experimental Pop pieces that champion high intensity and topics canvassed against and alt-rock backdrop. Some songs have an almost earthy sound to them while others deliver “kick-ass” modern-alt-rock based movements. With this CD I discovered 9 passionate clips of spot-on classically based Alternative Pop that are sure to inspire and gravitate many listeners. The arrangements are dynamic, ethereal, cathartic, yet vintage in their own right. Ninety seconds into the first track “Forever” two of the first things crossing your mind were: 1) How undeniably truthful and honest the music sounds, and 2) why the heck haven’t I heard of Siren’s Sky before. But let’s not get to ahead of ourselves here. Track 2 “Cosmic” is a kind of a curveball intro statement offering almost Goth-Rock flavor leading you head first into Track 3 “Blinded” are all intriguing anthems, while “Dance” really capture a writers touch. “Let Go” is an intellectual affirmation that just seems to go stay with you long after the piece has run its course. The CD as a whole does a nice job at offering a wide variety of playing styles; some slow, some fast, some hard some not too hard. All tracks are a welcomed return of good Classical Alternative Pop powerful in the late 90’s like Enja and Celine Dion. Also present: powerful elements of today’s singer-songwriter genera. My favorite tracks are the ones that are dark and foreboding with a ring of raw truth to them. Up front Bredius, Salnikova, Rasche bring a good vocal appeal. Bring in the combination of good playing, solid heartfelt vocals, solid guitar playing and average production value and you come to understand why many are talking about Siren’s Sky out in Europe. The best pieces flow and ebb so nicely with surging intensity only to quickly withdraw again into seclusion. I found this to be a very cool trait of theirs music. The lyrical content provides inspirational subject matter, and potent topics for today’s thinking fan. Whereas most musical production these days are like a cup of Raman Noodles. This 9 Track offering by Siren’s Sky is like a bowl of seasoned Escargot with Garlic Butter served with a splash of fine Cognac.
The band needs to get a better timekeeper and a few more instruments thrown in.
With all due respects Siren’s Sky needs to find an experienced Producer that can get the most out of their sound and talent. They need to somehow refine their sound and make it more appealing and Radio Friendly. If these four had a production team that could mold their sound into a Lana Del Rey or Florence and the Machine type of production – they could be huge! Why? Because this CD “Forever” Has an impressive foundation. Having said this this CD is a bit lacking on the Production side of the house when compared to the aforementioned. Cover art photo/concept is very DIY.
The Bottom Line: Taking all of this into consideration you begin to understand why Siren’s Sky is making some waves internationally with their music. In the end this is good start for them. This CD by Siren’s Sky does a marvelous job of extolling dark yet powerful energy and shows how much potential they genuinely have.