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The first recording from Ohio-based Falling You entitled
Mercy (Adastra Records (USA) 9802, 1998) contains twelve
of self-penned tracks of synth-oriented spacey and moody
gothic music laced with superb lead and backing vocals by Jennifer
McPeak. From the album's sleeve notes,
Jennifer is the "life" element of the group. Instrumentals are
by John Michael Zorko - the "blood" behind it all - and include
synthesizers, samplers, rattlers and drum programming. Guitar work
on one of the instrumental tracks is provided by Scott Bivens.
Seven of the album's lush tracks are 'pure' instrumentals with
only occasional light backing vocals adding texture to John Zorko's
clever keyboard work. Typical music in this genre, the band's
instrumentals are quite dark but extremely relaxing in their
own way. The five lyrically richer numbers have Jennifer taking
over and driving the music forward, however, with the exception
of "Glacier," the songs fall short of leaving the listener with
memorable melodies. The album's title track "Mercy" stands out
as one of the band's rockier numbers crossing both blues and dance
lines at the same time and is a testament to Jennifer's range,
power and evocative style. Whether singing lyrics or providing
backing vocal scan, she has a truly stunning voice.
Best compared to Love Spirals Downwards, Love Is Colder Than Death,
Edera and even some of the very early Chandeen, all of whom operate in
the Heavenly Vocals genre, Falling You's music has somewhat of a unique
freshness attributed to Jennifer McPeak's stunning vocal work and
John's intellectually broader use of keyboard effects.
Soundbites are available at the
Fans of Hyperium Records'
Heavenly Vocals compilations should
certainly seek this album out. Overall, a very relaxing album.