Vocals need work
Close resemblance to established artists
Hailing from Germany, Present Paradox is coming out with his newest EP “Acute.” Deeply influenced by the music of bands like Radiohead, there are many similarities. Although the EP is good, it needs to be more unique and stand on its own without the comparisons to these other bands. The songs that work the best on this EP are the ones that are more original, not the ones that sound like rip-offs of other musicians’ songs.
The title song, “Acute,” has a very eerie beginning, with interesting and unique instrumentation. Paradox’s influence by Radiohead’s “Kid A” is very apparent on this song. The music is good, but the singing could use some work. His voice is average, and sounds a little shaky and off-key at times. Although the keyboards and synth elements are interesting to hear, it sounds too similar to Radiohead. Similar and not as good. It’s the same on the track “Let Me Sleep.” This song has a more playful vibe, and the beat is very catchy. Again, the “Kid A” influence is heavy here. But at least in this particular song, there are more of Present Paradox’s own unique elements present. The singing is not very good on this song either– the music is the more enjoyable part of the song. Also, it seems like Paradox is trying too hard on this track to make it sound out there and weird. This is not necessary, the music speaks for itself. “Appletrees” steps farther away from Thom Yorke type song elements, and is more of Paradox’s own creation. The finger snaps and good instrumentation are nice, and the singing is more subdued. Having the singing more in the background and quieter helps, but you can still hear the need for improvement in this area. The slower pace of the song gives it a more romantic feel, but it does go on a little too long. It gets boring after a while. If it was shorter in length, it would work better.
Present Paradox is well on his way with the release of “Acute.” He just needs to find his own voice and explore more with his own unique sound. Once he does this, he won’t be compared to the bands he was influenced by and will have his own unique niche in the music world!