Intended Creation - Awake
Intended Creation is a fusion of jazz, pop, folk and rock, melded together in such a way that it challenges the mind while it is pleasing to hear. Whether hammering on a piano, plucking a guitar or bashing dissonant percussion, multi-instrumentalist Christa Golding is nothing short of a musically-creative dynamo.
The band sounds like one of those hyper-ambitious acts you might find plugging away in the back room of a coffee shop or bar in New York's Lower East Side - hungry for attention and bursting with emotion. AWAKE actually sounds like it was recorded live at one of those nighttime hot spots, with the rawness of the recording amplifying the starkness of the passionate outpouring.
Golding bears such a sharp, throaty wail that each word spat from her mouth strikes like a poison-tipped dagger into the listener's heart. With a tidal force of versatility and passion compressed into each track, Intended Creation is an honest-to-goodness, unique musical entity. With such minimalistic instrumentation, one might think that the band would become pigeonholed or locked into one pithy style. Yet, this perfect storm of songwriting and instrumental innovation elevates its creative flow beyond petty genre. It frees the band to harness the most potent energy possible from each instrument utilized.
And though each musical expression (AKA "song") is condensed into a succinct short-burst cut, smack in the middle of the set is arguably the most impassioned, gut-wrenching track, the instrumental "Fixated." Even without vocals, the piano and weeping brass track with fluttering woodwind accompaniment force a knot into the listener's throat within the first two minutes of play - seemingly expressing the silent anguish of a tortured soul.
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