âRaveena â Lucid
âIndian-American songstress Raveena has released her debut album Lucid. This soulful record is a fantastic follow-up to the singerâs well-received 2017 EP, Shanti. Raveena has shown incredible potential on this project with a near-flawless vocal performance across all 12 tracks. She flows smoothly over instrumentals full of warm synths, mellow drum beats, and the occasional psychedelic guitar chord. Each song immerses the listener in a location crafted by Raveena herself, with tracks like Stone setting the scene of a rainy Sunday morning, and others like Bloom eliciting feelings of walking through a park on a Summer day. On Mama, the songwriter contemplates about her motherâs life before giving birth to her in a unique and touching track released before the album on Motherâs Day. The sole feature of the album comes from Hope Tala on Floating, her voice complimenting Raveenaâs incredibly well to form one of the most enjoyable tracks on the album. The album ends on a high note with Petal, where the beat consists solely of an ethereal vocal loop, a synth, and an intermittent reese bass. The vocal loop repeats the word âhighâ, creating a mesmerizing refrain that drives the song and closes out the project.
Author: Frank McLaughlin
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