Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this evening’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we’ll be digging into Vore Aurora, a band from Alameda, California. The trio, which consists of A’Lizzabeth Barrett on vocals, Jonah Phillips on synthesizers and drums, and Clinton Maney on guitar, is an eclectic outfit, to say the least. Their two new singles, both of which were released within the last month, concrete the act as one with incredible potential within the indie community. Let’s explore their new tunes.
Tags on Vore Aurora’s music consist of genres like ‘electronic dark-wave,’ ‘’ethereal,’ and ‘synth-pop.’ All of those are adequate, and in honesty, their music is a dynamic mix of them all. Take ‘Carmine,’ their first single. It’s a compelling jaunt through atmospheric instrumentation and moody, shadowed vocal delivery. The synthesizer and percussion banter is very thick and doused in reverb. I adore the cascading, eerie guitar musings in the backdrop of the mix.
That mix is quite excellent, too. At times, Barrett is a bit difficult to understand, but all things considered, the mixing and mastering of ‘Carmine’ stands tall against its independent counterparts. It doesn’t feel overproduced, either, which is refreshing considered synthesizers and reverb can easily fall victim to that.
‘Null Plus Void,’ which dropped on March 1, explores the landscapes of ‘Carmine’ in far greater aural detail. The track is more aggressive, but in a good way. ‘Carmine’ feels subdued and subtle. ‘Null Plus Void’ feels almost accusatory, creating a feeling of urgency and impending darkness. Barrett holds magnificent power over the outfit, masterfully moving in and out of the erratic atmosphere with tact and grace. I love the heavier use of synthesizers, too, especially since they still feel properly produced and executed.
‘Carmine’ and ‘Null Plus Void’ showcase that Vore Aurora has the ability to harness their niche well while expanding within it. The dichotomy between the two tracks is intriguing, and offers up the notion that Vore Aurora probably has countless directions they could venture next. It’s a promising endeavor, one worth definitely spinning. Check them out below!