BLKGLD's self-titled EP is the first of the Columbus, Ohio guitarist/bassist duo. Released on March 9, 2017, this EP features local poets while showcasing BLKGLD's unique musical style. BLKGLD was recorded with Galen Tipton & Oranjudio and is available for download on their bandcamp page.
A Battle With The Shadow Self Review
Winter is upon us and these cold nights are perfect for curling up and allowing yourself to get lost in music. A Battle With The Shadow Self is a demo tape by Sounds Right that awakens feelings you might have tried to forget and proceeds to heal your soul with a flawless blend of haunting melodies, upbeat tempos, methodical poetry, and complex lyricism.
A Battle With The Shadow Self opens with Sounds Right repeating
Remind of my mistakes
Or I’ll make them again
The unconscious mind
Is frightened of being awake
I forgot to set my alarm clock
That was my mistake
and then delves into the artist recalling past memories of a relationship that has met its end. The anger that Sounds Right felt hits despite their methodical and calm voice. In fact, it is this icy, sarcastic monologue that deliberately drives the point home and provides a core foundation for the rest of the tape.
A chill settles in as the second track of A Battle With The Shadow Self opens with a beautiful, haunting melody layered with harmonizing vocalizing and a continuation of the poetic, spoken word. It is in this track that you begin to experience Sounds Right’s intricate lyricism, though you will find it difficult to not let your thoughts drift along with the background vocals that are as intoxicating as Odysseus’ Sirens. This is track you must put on repeat if you wish to enjoy the complexity from the reflection of past love that has been woven over the course of three minutes.
As if being shaken awake from a dream, the third track of A Battle With The Shadow Self has an immediate uptick in tempo. Sounds Right brings in a soulful beat while delivering a blistering lyrical flow that will have you retracing your footsteps in order to fully understand each and every line. Quickly flows into the heavy beats of the fourth track that drums your body as Sounds Right continues to exhibit a masterful lyrical style and flow. Both tracks are short, but oh so sweet.
As we near the end of the tape, the fifth track flashes back briefly to the opening of A Battle With The Shadow Self but continues to provide further insight into Sounds Right’s anxieties. We also have a welcome return to a haunting melody and layered lyrics. Sounds Right is trying to express past hurts and the baggage from that as well as the overall complexity of emotions.
The final track has Sounds Right acknowledging that even though they were hurt, they didn’t deserve to be treated that way. Their life is, in fact, better now that they have moved beyond that relationship.
A Battle With The Shadow Self chronicles the range of emotions one experiences post-breakup. The listener feels the pain, the anger, the depression and the determination, the self confidence, and the strength of Sounds Right. Love is tragic, it is beautiful, it is everything in between, and Sounds Right manages to capture all of this in just under fifteen minutes of what can only be described as musical poetry.