Where Bedroom Indie Meets Bedroom Punk:
The World of Pinkfiz by Pinkfiz
by Dusk Arts
Here is a sound that I haven't heard before. We do get the familiar: girlishly punk vocals; a grunge-esque amalgam of alt-rock, punk, and even classic hard rock riffs; and that oh so varied bedroom indie style of production that can sound like anything, yet is always recognizable as an independent auteur disproving the myths that it takes expensive gear or industry teams to make great records. On the other hand, we get an overall clean production style; wet, round, hollow bass and guitar that makes us feel underwater; and melancholic crooning. The World of Pinkfiz was entirely written, recorded, and produced by Pinkfiz herself--and she can definitely get away with the solo approach for much longer if this EP is any indication of her artistry.
Admittedly, at certain points, I almost wish the guitar were louder and more distorted, but perhaps not; this would make her sound like everyone else. With that said, my only critique would be that the occasional lopsided mixing of certain instruments almost comes across as unintentional in some cases. It can be a cool breath of fresh air at times, or a failed experiment at others, but nothing in The World of Pinkfiz is so egregious that it breaks the experience; the shortcomings here are few and far between.
To examine the songs, “Pleaser” sets the tone of the album with sad, cathedral reverb used liberally throughout it. A diagonal bass line weeps at the chorus. Playing the chords straight would've had her strumming them more crisply, but the lack of attack evokes falling teardrops. The keys are nice touch of atmosphere that further set Pinkfiz apart from a generic punk sound.
“The Sequel” features a 70s rock riff, though used in a passively aggressive quasi-90s alt-rock context. Grunge is a tried and true formula, so the juxtaposition works, but once again, Pinkfiz's wet and hollow production style make it her own. Nothing is ever trite with her.
Continuing some of this theme,“Not the Only One” is a grungy power pop song with riot grrrl-like vocals at its call and response chorus. At parts we get an interestingly active kick drum that deserves a louder place in the mix to behold its bespoke beat.
We close with “Did I Ask?” where pounding toms drive the song along with slippery effected guitars. In all of music I don't hear this guitar sound enough, so Pinkfiz gets credit for her use of these chorus (and/or other?) effects--even more so due to their originality.
Pinkfiz has achieved what is perhaps the prime goal of any artist: the many and varied charms throughout the eclectic World of Pinkfiz only serve to make it more listenable and certainly indelible. Should she stay confined to a "bedroom" studio, enlist help, or use a different creative space, Pinkfiz will doubtlessly remain a singular voice in indie/alt-rock and punk circles. This first EP is a great step in defining her sound and building her catalogue of songs. I want an LP released pronto!
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