Provision Evaporate &
By Marcus Pan
While overdone a bit, Provision at least do
give us some no-nonsense frilly new-wave synth pop. Its kind of
refreshing after being inundated with such darker sounds and ambience lately.
The main problem is theres a lot of this out there, so standing above the
pack is going to be hard to do. Provisions Evaporate album does a
good job, but seems to be a little stock like almost an oh I think
Ive heard this song before feeling permeates a lot of the
In 2002, when Evaporate came out, Provision were made
up of Breye Kiser and Leslie Hyman. Breathe opens us here with bright
keyboard melodies and smooth male vocals punctuated with femme answers. In
Love uses a stock, but comfortable, rhythm and bass percussion system which
would have probably benefited from a little switching about and the higher
melody is a bit contrived. This is pretty much the gist of most of
Evaporate deja-vu feelings of hearing it before. Nothing bad,
expected. Theres nothing here that really shocks you up.
By 2004 Provision have added Jen Foxx and Charles M. to the
lineup. The release of Visualize shows a definite improvement over the
previous Evaporate in that its more prevalent, a bit stronger and
seems to be more sure of itself. While Evaporate was decent and glided
past without incident, Visualize is instead a bit more powerful in its
inclinations towards you, like Provision has grown up a little or the addition
of the new two members add more power to its punch.
Even from the start, Visualizes In
November uses interesting stabs of metallic synths and the music is much
more complicated somehow and blends better. Its not something I can point
to and say I like Visualize better than Evaporate because
theres more of this! Its just simply better, more mature.
Couldve Had it All keeps up the trend of being synth-pop, but
interesting synth-pop. A swift rhythm around which is wrapped tinklings of
high-pitch keyboard melodies anchored at subtle intervals.
Vocals seem more sure of themselves also since the previous
album. By Obvious the album slows down a bit and becomes comfortable
while Chemistry begins a tribal beat and wraps very computeresque synth
styles around it. And with songs like Illusion, Provision shows how they
can mix it up now the formula isnt there or if it is its not
as straightforward. The music doesnt follow the vocals as precisely,
creating an interesting arrhythmia in the songs sound.
Provisions two albums show a progression from standard
fare to more interesting endeavors. I like the chance to see how a band
matures, grows and gets better at their craft and its apparent from
Evaporate to Visualize. Whether it has more to do with growth or
the doubling in size of the musical outfit is unknown, but whatever it was
worked. Admittedly, it is hard to stand out in a genre that has been around so
long such as that of synth-pop, but Provision already show a radical maturity
in two years that one can only wonder how much further they can go and if they
can become a classic of the form.
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