Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky
When it comes to solidifying a signature sound that is vital, impressionable and attention-grabbing with versatility, a lot of the time it can take several trials and errors to finally gather all the musical elements needed to encapsulate that manifestation of creating your music to mix all the ingredients just right, in a way where all flavors come together for any listener who discovers you through their insatiable taste for something new. Then every once in awhile, there are rare gems that come out of the woodwork with something that hits the ground running from the very first try. That gem is Holy Ramen‘s debut release of “Oblivion.” A 10-track juggernaut of multifaceted keyboard driven songs with several dynamic vocal styles that lend each track their own sensibility of balance and composure; touching on equal parts originality and familiarity in clever ways throughout each song.
Utilizing vocal styles that sway between melody, spoken word and rapping, HR‘s very self aware stylization is filled with many thought-proving measures that explore subtlety, anticipation and buildup all in the right places that keep you fascinated on her vocal approach and overall demeanor. Her many moods and stories are at times very sad but also cross into more vital territories that bring you on a rollercoaster ride of steep hills, twists and turns; sometimes unexpected. But this definitely adds to her unwavering cleverness and tends to lead you down a path where your expectations are far different from the outcome. And all in the best possible ways.
The Hip Hop banger on this track is definitely “Possessed,” an in-your-face Hip Hop onslaught that never lets up once the verses drop. HR‘s swaggerish rapping style is showcased relentlessly on this track through many angles, including a smooth yet projective flow that gets her rhymes to come together diligently but almost flies right passed you if you take your attention off these finely-tuned details that require some next level attentiveness. Closing title track, “Oblivion,” however, is a beautifully melodic track with sensual piano progressions that really showcase many crucial facets of HR‘s artistic merit through her mind, body and soul. It’s the perfect ending to a brilliant debut record that really explores endless moods, auras and atmospheric textures that really get us to understand Holy Ramen‘s ideas and emotions. Her artistic approach to this album encompasses something different with each song, but you can still tell that it’s coming from the same artist. If you truly wanna hear a debut album that hits it out of the park from the very first try, then ‘Oblivion’ is a must listen in every way and will easily become a favorite for 2020. The album drops on August 8th, this Saturday. It will be available on Spotify, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms.
Connect with Holy Ramen:
- Listen to her “I Am Holy Ramen” single: https://smarturl.it/iamholyramen
- Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/_kittyzhang
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