Artist: Kristina Train
EP: Dream Of Me
Label: Mercury Music
Kristina Train’s back after the release of Spilt Milk, her largely successful attempt at smooth, blues infused band of slow-pop with her new EP Dream Of Me. The results are, without doubt, sumptuous.
The title track and opener is the highlight of the three-track release with retro, sun drenched vocals echoing through the big band accompaniment to great effect. With a nicely bent guitar waltzing in towards the end, the entire track is the audio form of a warm lens flare on a camera lens.
The EP’s second track, Lonely Sinner is Train’s dabble into self-reflection, manages to avoid the trap doors of noodley shoe-gazing that so many unsure and immature singer/songwriters fall into. It’s sweeping choruses simply waft you along with the ease of a magic carpet.
It’s closing number I Wanna Live In LA keeps the ride going, it’s strings easing you along to the end of the record. The songs amazing use of synth in the middle to the track is a fantastically bizarre audio choice too.
While not over endowed with originality, Kristina Train shows a real vocal smoothness that could easily find a place amongst the establishment. She may be slightly too rounded for some, her lack of edge giving the tracks something to grab the attention but her velvety smooth sound and the classical style she exudes may just she her last the course better than edgier acts such as singer de jour Lana Del Ray.
If Dream Of Me is any indication of her upcoming second album, then Dark Black could just be something special, a real progression.
Kristina Train – Dream Of Me is out August 27th
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