Charise Sowells controls the atmosphere surrounding sound with her voice. Not only can she navigate seamlessly through genres, she makes it look easy. Her tact and grace in her vocals and compositions create a temperature change that might discombobulate. She brings her first album release here to us, with Obsolescent Adolescence.
She chooses to open the album up with some post-grunge goodness. Morning Breath is a track that leans in on melodic syncopation, tones and notes in seeming disarray. It creates for a mysterious, rich connect of sound, while seemingly dropping a haze on the musical machine you observe. Heartbreak Town is the next single, her vocals commanding the mood and attention. If the spotlight is on her, it is a warm, envious glow. The soul & R&B blend is incredible to listen to, an unlikely fusion of tones once again. Charise Sowells creates a stylish walking track with her execution of the powerful, commanding lyrics. Bedroom Eyes is a sensual, swinging song with that shows her dapper movement through symphony. The instrumental flourishes direct you to a different kind of picture.
R&B and soul magic
I Never Loved You directs you to a scene of a dysfunctional relationship. Her contrast is apparent and strong, ukulele tones offsetting the sombre texture of the lyrics. Charise Sowells is a musician who can project the mood based on her voice, something like what Amy Winehouse did with her lyrics. A flushing wave of positivity comes with Magical Month. The progression, lyrics-all create a shift that flips the tone of the album from then to now. The harmonics might even tend to make you emotional, a beautifully composed song. Even Grace Ages summons resonating, demanding bass notes to complement Charise and her voice. It is an intoxicating sound, the composition crisp with her show of musical talent.
Twilight Hour brings you back to psychedelia with some enchanting grooves. The way she can sustain notes, bring you into the fold of the song-summon the drama to you, is unlike any other indie vocalist right now. Still Waiting takes you to a café on the outskirts of Italy- a scene just that kind of rhythm can create. Her vocals are suppressed, long in the distance-as though she is unreachable. I Am The Universe is an exhibit of energy that seems to be contained in pockets. Her lyrics are what intrigue you, making for some perfect contained chaos.
To stretch time
Pura Vida translates to Good Life, and that’s what she dreams of living. It is a shift in groove, tempo and style to something more. As we approach Validate Me, her experimentation of tones and their intersection has reached a superb peak. Closing off with Better Day, she shows us how going the distance in music really means experimenting without boundaries.
Charise Sowells could have created this as a soundtrack for her life, and it would sound essentially perfect. I could see this in Atomic Blonde (2017) though, due to the varying styles of genres and the attempts to drastically shift tone. You can obsess to her album above, and make sure you follow her for more music like this!