Here we have 41 minutes of retro-appeal rock, replete with decent variety, good songwriting, and heartfelt vocals.
The music mixes elements of hard rock, psychedelia, folk, garage rock, and touches of old-fashioned doom into a beguiling and charismatic collection of songs. These influences are combined together well, making for an album with an easy flow that’s effortless to enjoy if you’re partial to this sort of thing.
The music is rich and warm, with a very organic sound that breathes easily into its self-created space. The band’s use of synths is put to good use, adding yet another emotive layer of feeling to music that naturally already has this in droves. Highly melodic and full of emotive delivery, these songs are catchy and memorable, but in a deep, substantial way, rather than offering too much instant gratification. A lot of feeling and passion has clearly gone into the crafting of this music, and this is apparent from the very start to the very end.
Much like the music, the vocals are richly emotive and laced with emotive properties. Ethereal and luscious, but not without power or presence either, the singer’s voice is very well performed. I like that she is firmly embedded in the rest of the music rather than sitting apart or atop it, like some singers’ voices can seem; she’s layered into the tapestry of the music naturally.
This is a very impressive debut album. A multifaceted, highly emotive, and rich collection of songs, Blackwater Holylight’s self-titled debut album is a release that gives and gives and gives.