(-) Weak vocals, slow tempo for majority of songs
Stranger Things, a twosome from Stockholm, is bringing music lovers a new brand of Alt-Pop music that is unique from a lot of music heard on the radio these days. Sparse composition, a mellow sound, and lots of instrumentation set this duo apart from other musicians on the scene right now. Anyone interested in something a little quirky and different will enjoy this music.
On the song “The Fields,” songwriter Gabriel Wingard brings us a mellow tune with a big sound. Lots of instrumentation fills the song, which is in contrast with Anna Falk’s slight, wavering vocals. Her singing is decent but a bit weak and at times off-key. This takes away from the lushness of the instrumentation a little, which is something that could be worked on and improved easily. “Where You Go” is a slower song with a great piano intro. Here, the weak quality to Falk’s voice is more apparent– it doesn’t seem to fit in with the vibrant quality of the melody and is almost drowned out by the instrumentation. The slow-tempo theme seems to continue on “This House.” This song has almost a melancholy feel to it, and becomes tedious after a while. Once again, the band’s weakest quality comes through on the song– the faint tone of the lead singer’s voice. Falk needs to put more feeling and gusto in her singing in order to grab the listener’s attention and leave them wanting more. Improving this aspect would make their music more interesting.
Stranger Things has a unique sound that is different than a lot of the bubblegum Pop that fills the airwaves these days. But one area in need of improvement is Falk’s singing. They can also to mix things up a little and move away from too many slow, somber song choices. With these changes, Stranger Things has a lot of potential to leave a mark in the music realm!