by Tiana Feng
Release Date: September 3rd, 2013
Label: Not Not Fun
The lyrics may be inaudible, but everything together in White Poppy’s debut, the guitar, pedals, vocals create an enchanting atmosphere.
Right from the beginning (“Darkness turns into Light”), there is something therapeutic about the music and totally the intention of Crystal Dorval. It’s the sort of thing you turn to when you need to calm down. Otherwise, I find it’s not something I would actively sit there and listen to, more like a pleasant passive soundtrack and it does take a few listens to get into.
Dorval’s voice ascends into a truly heavenly territory throughout. I don’t even think there are words in “Joy Ride” but you feel all the emotions in the contrast between tension and the angelic releases of the vocal sighing. “Emotional Intelligence” on the other hand teases, building up tons of strain in the end that ultimately disappears abruptly. White Poppy’s music is like a musical symbol of escapism, questioning mere existence without saying much at all and finally floating away in “Existential Angst”.