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Vocalist/pianist Venika Hartlyn's new EP is soothing, beautiful
(Published: July 18, 2020)

Vocalist/pianist Venika Hartlyn has developed a distinctive sound, inspired by a wide range of genres and ideas. From the soothing melodies of singer/songwriter music, down to the warmth of the recordings, anything goes, and the possibilities are truly endless.

Recently, Hartlyn dropped a fantastic new EP release titled Songflowers, a beautiful record featuring minimalist song arrangements and emotional vocals. This project stands out as a really good introduction to the artist's work, and a stellar taste of what Hartlyn's music is really all about. The songs on this release immediately kicks off with a memorable introduction, and it sets into a clever arrangement. The instrumental parts are never overpowering, allowing the main vocal parts to stand out beautifully.

If you are a fan of artists like The Cranberries, Portishead and Tori Amos, this one is going to speak to you. The EP begins with the song "Not Enough," which has a beautiful dualism. On one hand, the track is quite upbeat and bright, but on the other, the lyrics are very introspective and personal. I particularly love the double-tracked vocal parts and Venika's distinctive vocal sound, reminiscent of iconic vocalists such as Dolores O Riordan or Stina Nordenstam. The song "Spanish Rhapsody" is a beautiful track with an interesting instrumental and some touching lyrics, perfectly exemplifying Hartlyn's one-of-a-kind creativity.

"Angel" is one of the most emotional songs on this EP. I love the soothing piano parts, and how they perfectly complement her vocals. On the other hand, the song "Message" brings a more uplifting vibe to this song, giving the EP a smooth, uptempo twist. Last, but definitely not least, there is room for another beautiful ballad, "Ghosts of Summer." The vocal layers are beautifully recorded, and the piano parts are truly spot on here, and this track wraps up the EP beautifully.

Ultimately, this EP release is a great achievement for Hartlyn, and it undoubtedly going to get her many new fans and listeners. If you like music that's made with passion and focus, you will appreciate all of the artistry, passion and focus that Hartlyn brings to her work.

More Information: http://venikahartlyn.bandcamp.com

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