Kirsty Hawkshaw Meta Message
By Marcus Pan
I cant get over the veritable beauty
of Kirsty Hawkshaws voice. I first heard of her when she added same to
the Delerium(1) project and was impressed then. Here on her own with Meta
Message, Kirsty takes the helm to be the undeniably necessary core
component of the surrounding electronica, creating a danceable yet tranceable
collection of brilliant music with her devilishly sultry soprano as guide and
confidante. Beginning her career with Opus III fifteen years back, shes
released her debut, O<U>T, and worked with electronic notables
like Mr Sam, Pole Folder and Hybrid since then.
Fine Day was a track released in the Opus III days
and it took a No. 1 single slot for a while. The James Holden Remix here
infuses it with an underground sympathy a rhythm and beat that while on
one hand is drum n bass stylized, but on the other is completely
different with its smooth trance waves and progressive melodies. Reach For
Me actually turns more rock-centric with strumming guitars and a sad
lovesong style. This shows Kirstys prowess with popular styles of music
reminds me of Chika(2).
Natures Kingdom is almost purely Delerium style
in make-up assuming of course youre ok with me using a band as a
proverbial style here but alas, if you know Delerium you know what I mean.
Its smooth, all instruments fuse into a comfortable part pop part trance
part electro kind of jiggy. Battleship Grey is subtle but wont let
you ignore it as it waves away the bad karma in the atmosphere. With Sincere
For You we pick up the funk level and BPMs a bit futuristic and
Kraftwerkian at the outset, but breaks down into a near vocal-only brilliance.
Blackout is a bit long for its style, and really
thats the only bit of criticism I have for Kirsty. Sometimes they go on a
bit long. While this works out great with the 7:26 long Fine Day,
Blackout maybe could have been wound up in 3 ½ instead of the near
6. Split is a nice pick up for the rhythm of Meta Message, using
a simple but driving bass line combined with a large string (cello?) to pull
the track along.
Kirstys vocals are beautiful easily giving such
divas as Tori Amos a run for their money. The vocals are bright and she can
traipse through the garden of trance, electro and pop with ease. Its very
enjoyable and I really like what Im hearing. Ive enjoyed her work
with Delerium, and Meta Message is a fine release for a finely gifted lady and
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(1) Their The Best Of compilation was
reviewed in Legends
(2) Chikas Little Ship
Head was reviewed way back in Legends
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