Porcelain Pale brings us this album which is somewhat like being half-awake, or the experience of lucid dreaming; hence the name Insomnia Mixtape Vol.1. Every song has stretched-out beats and like-minded lingering vocals to go along with it. It fits into the experimental indie alternative genre as it can be compared to artists like Porcelain Raft, The Knife, and Thieves Like Us. The overall sound is new-age, but it is tinged with the old school 90’s electronic vibe. The overall tone is somewhat vintage which gives the album character.
Each song has its own melody to get lost in as it paints an interesting landscape that both the ethereal body and the emotional mind can explore. The song “Forever’s Never Enough” has a hypnotic tune that just keeps you entranced by the beat, then the lyrics paint a picture of optimistic sorrow. The first track on the album, “Rapid Eyes and Restless Minds,” also has a bit of a sorrow-filled sentiment which focuses on lost trust and being a hopeless romantic. The keys of the track maintain a positive view as the guitar reminds one of the not-so-beautiful misfortunes of love.
Continuing to listen to the album becomes a big blurry transcendental journey through dreamy emotions. The track “The Girl Without A Shadow” has a beautiful glittery-like anchoring key and the vocalist goes on singing with an elongated breath. This album is not necessarily a “pick-me-up” type of album, but it definitely has the capacity to insight optimism and creativity as the songs explore and resolve many topics apparent in life. The overall feel is also very relaxing and chill which can elevate anyone’s mood. The album is well produced and a listener can feel the genuine creativity and time put into every piece on the album. It is most definitely a great collection of songs to listen to when one is suffering from insomnia.
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