Vespa by Trevour Amunga: EP Review
In 20 minutes, Kenyan singer/songwriter Trevour Amunga pours his paint into his current record, “VESPA,” an illusionist/contortionist presentation. The 7-track CD is full of deeply moving songs, infused with poetry and genuine heart.
The album kicks off with Piece of Mind featuring Josh Berkeley, which opens with a piercing synth riff. Although the tempo is slow, the combination of synth and broad drums produces an ethereal effect. In the next two tracks, Body Memory and Glo, you can hear Luna Bands’ heavenly vocals. The former features some intriguing drum beats, clever yet rhythmic tunes, and airy vocals. Bleached stands as the most ominous with its gloomy lyrics, matching its slower, more deliberate beats and muted synth. It’s as though Trevour’s true expression is being conveyed through the minor screeches and what could be howls. Contrary to that, Side to Side adds a blissful aura during an intermission, over Frank Zappa-style guitar prelude and ghostly vocals. And then the dark, gloomy atmosphere established in Psycho is carried over into Vertigo, with hints of a comeback, but overall it seems to take a darker turn. The moment you hear the rap, it raises your expectations for the protagonist to surpass the twists of a climax. Coming back to ethereal, peaceful tones in Dec 28th, leaves the listener with a profound effect. As if you’re past that struggle or that life you’ve always wanted to leave behind. Creating an album through the ebb and flow of grief into a masterpiece, makes us believe he’s all about defying odds. If you want proof, give his latest musical odyssey a try.
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Review by: Audrey Castel