Swahili Blonde is the first solo adventure from artist, Nicole Turley. Although she put out another album in 2009, Deities in Decline is the first album that Turley has let herself go. I guess it is up to the listener to decide if that is a good thing or not.
This EP is only four songs and last for 14 minutes and 47 seconds. But those four songs seem like an eternity when you are listening. Thankfully, the last track was decent. Turley cut back on the craziness of the background and the vocal modification. It is by no means simple or enjoyable, but it is the best track on the EP.
The messages in these songs are filled with questions that we don’t want to ask ourselves. They also get tough with how we think about those around us and those that we admire. All good things to do, and I wish that I could have focused on the message, but I couldn’t get beyond the barrage of electronic beats.
In simple terms, I wanted to stop listening after the first 15 seconds. The songs have techno beats in the background and Turley’s voice is both digitally modified and duplicated to give the tracks a more “floaty” feeling. The EP is overcomplicated and has far too much going on. Turley’s vocals fall into a sea of noise and it is difficult to find a focus.
Swahili Blonde is an interesting listen. If you want something odd and different, then try this. But it is for a very select group of music lovers and I am not part of that group.
This will be released on July 21, 2015. If you are interested, you should check it out.
Tracks to forget: With Love and a Bullet, Discover Aurora, Three in the Tree
Tracks to remember: Magdalene
*Image Credit to Noisy Ghost PR