Friday, June 9, 2017

Song Premier: Kubat, Finaly & Rose "Demons" (Performing tonight at 20 Front Street)

The three of these singers were/are, already, singularly exceptional. So there is a considerable augmentation of elegance, now, to have their talents brought together as a collaborative known as Kubat, Finlay, & Rose. 

photo by Jean Mason

That's Audra Kubat, Tamara Finlay, and Emily Rose - the lyricists, vocalists, and guitarists who fuse their harmonies for five songs on a new debut self-titled EP.

This song is called "Demons"

The trio are performing a concert at 20 Front Street tonight at 7pm, which also features singer/songwriter Anthony Retka. INFO  (This is also a birthday celebration for Kubat, who, readers of this blog will find weekly contributions from, as she and I swap an epistolary review of new music by Chris Bathgate... But that's for another post...)

KFR's limited run EP features idyllic and evocative covers of CSNY's "Ohio" and Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love." Those two songs are already inherent show-stoppers, one for its amorous swoons and the other for its heartwrenching somberness.

Recorded at Rustbelt Studios, with Bob Ebeling and Al Sutton 

"Shadows and Light" trails a softly rustling guitar under the gracefully curling melody, which feels like a hymnal; a blessed little ballad for the soothe of an on-setting evening.

"Party Hat" brings a bitter-sweetness, with a furtively cadenced vocal delivery from Rose churning in a lower register of sing-speak delivery through the verses that blooms into a aching/cathartic chorus of unsparing vocals, all the while Finlay and Kubat add an angelic/ghostly augmentation to the song's chamber.

And then here is "Demons." This song's beauty springs from the interwoven texture of their unique timbres, with Rose and Finlay delicately weaving their voices just a thousandth of a second behind Kubat's lead...

The melody, chorus, even the refrains and throughout the bridge, are consistently energizing, or at least restorative. Not only in its lyrics, with reports of demons rendered powerless and longings for peace, but also just in the arrangement of those voices--especially at 3:35, when Kubat sings a final verse as Rose and Finlay whisper out a gliding bit of gossamer "oohs..." And the guitars, quietly brushing along underneath, seem to sound as though they build towards its modest crescendo, with the strumming sounding almost like victorious claps.

Already can't wait for whatever they record next!

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