ROW BOAT: Shallow Waters CDep Bottle Imp Productions
Mark Wardale’s latest EP cascades with melody as harmonious vocals glide along a kaleidoscope of harp like chimes, infusions of piano keys and droning pads. “Ever After Memories’ opens the show, taking the listener to the shores of a large lake where water gradually erodes the pebbles into grains of time; and aside from some misplaced beats (which the track could have easily done without) is an intriguing start to the release.
‘Orkan’ is an oddity of contrasting styles that work brilliantly. The vocals are subtle and non-descript in the message they’re conveying, but gloriously fold into a crashing array of beats and orchestration; that is beautifully layered into an evocative display of captivating bliss.
The piano work of ‘Kärleksbrev’ is a brief respite, leaving the listener staring through a pane of glass as raindrops gently patter against the surface; allowing for a moment of contemplation as it melds into the synths of the closing number, ‘Inertia’.
Picking up the baton from where ‘Orkan’ left off, the rhythm sections are once again allowed to surface through the mix; and a near perfect execution of pace allows the track to take the listener on a journey where they’re frequently held at a distance and gradually tethered in.
Overall, ‘Shallow Waters’ is one of those releases that leaves the listener hungry for more, just as an EP should. Wardale is one of those musicians that has his finger on the pulse when it comes to orchestral composition; and I for one am chomping at the bit to hear future endeavours.