kam singh - white noise
Kam Singh is described as “an extremely hardworking, dedicated and motivated individual who has an eye for detail and strives for perfection when it comes to performing.” After listening to his EP White Noise, I am convinced that this description is accurate in every way. Every note he plays is deliberate and meaningful, and the whole EP is arranged in a logical and cohesive way.
We kick things off with a simple guitar in the title track “White Noise” – it provides just the right foundation for the more emotionally driven vocals. This song is rather slow and does a fine job of easing you into the next song and the rest of the album.
The beginning of “Glitter” is incredibly unique, with the vocals overlapped in such a way that they both mix and contrast at the same time. We are treated to bass and percussion in this song, and the parts add a whole new dynamic and work to round out the song; the bass carries the rhythm, acting more as a lead guitar than a supporting bass.
“Fadeout” has some attitude and punch in those guitar riffs. Of the songs, I really liked this melody the most so far, and I will likely find myself randomly humming it days from now (particularly the instrumental parts, where the melody shines the most). The chorus is heavy hitting too, in part from delivery and in part from pure lyrical content.
The piano was a fantastic surprise in “Sunshine & Wine,” and if there were ever a song that could capture the bright feeling of sunshine on your skin and sweet red on your taste buds, this would be the one. The overall sound is carefree and breezy. Don’t be surprised if you’re left with the urge to run through a green field of flowers – if there weren’t feet of snow on the ground, I’d be donning a sundress to frolic in right now.
Singh seems to have reserved all of his dark energy for “IWMH,” making it noticeably heavier than the other songs even without any of the drums or piano to accompany it. Even his vocals are sharper and tinted by reserved anger; a mood only amplified by the faster and harder strums on the guitar. It was a fantastic piece to end the EP with.
Much of the appeal in this album lies in the sheer simplicity of it all. There’s a lot to be said for an album in which each song is unique from the others though the artist only uses a few different instruments for the whole thing. Even if this sort of indie, emotional rock isn’t your thing, this is worth a listen for the sheer musicianship, technicality and creativity.
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