Amongst the rise of female rock and rollers such as Dead Sara, Grace Potter And The Nocturnals, Nico Vega, and The Vincent Black Shadow, there is a new comer to the game named Audio Fiction. Their new album, Worlds Apart, will be released late this summer. It is sure to pump up the estrogen in the music scene by rough housing it a bit and knocking out some teeth. I was able to pick up the album before its release date and it is definitely something to check out and I’ll get into detail about that…
Audio Fiction’s single off the album, “Worlds Apart,” starts off dark with a staggered bass line (Dean) that is aligned with the kick drum (Mark). There’s a cool little guitar riff (Charles) with hints of delay in it. Lead singer, Kristin, shows great disparity from her voice to her lyrics. You feel the disconnection that gets created in a relationship mainly in the chorus when she sings, “We held it together but I was world’s apart from you…” And it’s here where Charles compliments the dramatics of her voice here in the chorus like a Denali song. The music works around Kristin. Charles and Dean help in escalating and climaxing it her voice.
“Are We Done Now” is a slower song. Charles offers a nice acoustic progression while Kristin sings in a higher head voice. Drums are light and during the chorus Mark hits the rim of the snare instead of the snare head itself, which adds to the acoustics and accents her voice. Approaching the end, there’s a breakdown where the guitar kicks in with distortion and a badass riff that preludes to a solo. It gets really intensified during the last chorus especially when the backup singers harmonize with Kristin in the background.
“Lying Awake” reminds me of a Blondie song, it’s light and has that new wave touch about it. Mark and Dean fly solo for the verse, as the guitar remains very quiet in the backdrop; it adds a subtle feel. Dean is pulling out a cool, funky, hi-hat-and-snare combo during the chorus. And I believe I caught some tambourine, maraca, and keyboard action towards the end as well as a line in the song that I can’t get out of my head…”We’ve got to learn to trust in love not lust.”
“Finally” starts off sluggish. Kristin tells a story of a girl who was “alone in the world.” You kind of get the sense that this song might be personal, and it’s a bit more ballad-esqe than the other songs on the album. “The pennies have dropped and there were no dimes the world hadn’t stopped she was lost in her prime.” As she belts out her final line of the song, ”The girl stands alone, she sees another day, there’s no one around, they’ve all gone away,” Charles rips an epic solo that goes on until the end.
“Dead To Me” opens to a trippy guitar riff and dirty distorted bass. “I’m not your toy anymore and I’m not the kind you ignore.” Instantly, you know what this song is about and she sets you up for it. “Our love’s in atrophy and now you’re dead to me.” Somebody didn’t take the breakup very well, but then again who does? The guitar is very similar to “World’s Apart” except for the fact that Charles kills it once again with a face melting solo. This song is an awesome closer to the album because all of Audio Fiction rocks out at different points. And not to mention Kristin’s voice, it’s exceptionally powerful and ranges from low to high.