Closeness bring mystery and harmony with ‘Personality Therapy’ EP
Closeness is truly a labor of love, and you can hear it in the music.
You might know the duo of Todd and Orenda Fink as the frontman of The Faint and one half of Azure Ray, respectively. The sound of Closeness is literally years in the making – nearly thirteen, to be exact.
“Personality Therapy” is an appropriate title for this EP. It is layered and in some ways complex, yet possesses an aura of authenticity and a down to earth personality, creating a marriage of trends that music fans seems to be seeking these days. That is – people love vibey, danceable music. They also love raw, honest, approachable music. Personality Therapy is both of these things.
Taken at face value, the instrumentals aren’t terribly unique. Most of the songs are driven by a drum machine beat that one could hear in a myriad of tunes in the darkwave genre. “End of the Maze” proves that even a generic beat doesn’t matter when the sum of a song’s parts is effective. An industrial Imogen Heap is what I would consider this song. Likewise, this principle applies to “Early Black,” a song that has “radio single” attributes, yet doesn’t entirely conform to the formula. A sense of anticipation and eagerness is present throughout the whole song and I think fans ought to eat that up.
Something else this band does well is capitalize on recent comeback of recent synthesizers without knocking off S U R V I V E or the like. I’m particularly fond of “Just His Eyes” for this reason. The song is seductive and I feel like it would be best fit for the patio of a club on a moonlit night.
To summarize, Personality Therapy is a debut that feels like anything but. The project may be new, but the execution reflects decades of songwriting and prowess.