Indigo De Souza - All Of This Will End (Saddle
Release Date: Out Now
I feel like 'All Of This Will End' is a bit of a coming of age album for North Carolina's Indigo De Souza and that's not to denigrate everything that's gone before, it's just that we're entering a new De Souza phase. This eleven track collection gets underway with 'Time Back', a song which hums in to life with subtle keys and breathy vocals easing you in to things before the beat kicks in to give this a real LadyHawke vibe. Recent single 'You Can Be Mean' chugs and strums with Sheryl Crow meets Sleater Kinney energy while 'Losing' is altogether more somber and reflective with a sound that would work as the soundtrack for the turning point in a lo-fi indie film.
A real highlight for me is the sludge rock lurch of 'Wasting Your Time' which has an almost Frankenstein energy which could easily be Alanis guesting on a Queens of the Stone Age track. There's a lightness to 'Parking Lot' which jangles and bounces along showing off De Souza's ability to switch style and mood with the flick of a deft wrist. Album title track 'All Of This Will End' is as uplifting a song as you'll hear this year with swooning, sweeping strings giving this a Feist-esque feel that I'm very much in favour of. By contrast, 'Smog' sounds like an alt-pop version of Katy Perry with fuzzy melodies and night time cruising vibes throughout.
The final third of the album gets underway with the 80s inspired beats of 'The Water' followed by 'Always' which starts as one of the most delicate tracks on the collection before building gradually in to a grunge-pop stunner. Penultimate song 'Not My Body' has a raw honesty to the song writing and the arrangement which leans in to country territory with some gorgeous lap steel guitar notes. The album finishes up on 'Young & Dumber', perhaps the most introspective track on the collection but certainly and emotionally strong number to finish on, giving De Souza's voice to really stretch out. This album has emotion, range, diversity and a real sense of creative freedom which, when you put it all together, is a heady brew indeed.
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