Air of Water are a band of the alternative genre based in Arizona, US. Their latest release ‘Turbulance Vol. 1’ is a stunning EP, officially released on 22nd June 2018. We have been lucky enough to have been able to review it before the release date and we can tell you, you are in for a real treat!
‘Turbulence Vol.1’ is a collection of 4 cleverly written and superbly executed songs. It opens with ‘Soak’ which starts with a well produced and played acoustic guitar. The vocals enter with effects on them which will be heard later on too, keeping continuity. The vocal performance remind us of J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr), managing to balance being strong and fragile at the same time. There is lots of reverb on the snare which helps to create a big, rich sound. The bass playing is sublime and the guitar solo is Santana-esk. Unusually, when the solo is happening the vocals are still coming in and out this adds layers of texture and depth. The drums are strong and stable, and the final guitar note lingers to a classy long fade out giving the listener time to process the audio they have just heard.
The second track, ‘Love Song’ is reminiscent of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, mixed with Nirvana and a Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) style vocal performance. It is a classic rock song with interesting lyrics and a catchy chorus. There is spoken word half way through which is provocative and hard hitting. A competent solo is heard over a classic groove and then returns back to the chorus.
This is followed by, ‘Alright’ which is a lot more mellow to what we have previously heard with an acoustic guitar and electric guitar in the beginning. There are stunning double tracked vocals heavily ladened with reverb and delay which adds to the hard hitting nature. We loved the run down chord progression in the chorus and the drums do not kick in until the second verse, building the tension and layering the enjoyment.
The final song, ‘Preacher Man’ has a Blues Rock feel. It really showcases the vocal performance. There is a stripped back opening with an acoustic guitar and vocals. We hear interesting rhythms and there is a gorgeous female vocal added on the chorus. There are also creative synths, compelling lyrics and an over all likeability. The chords have a semitone descending on the chorus which is a special addition.
We must give a mention to the divine artwork which accompanies this brilliant EP. It is important to have striking, eye catching artwork to represent the music inside. This cover ticks all of those boxes and more. It is, much like the songs, intricate, interesting and head turning.
So put a date in your calendar for the 22nd June 2018, you will want to gave this EP on repeat as soon as it becomes available!
Reviewed by FVReviews June 2018