Atlantis Black

Atlantis Black

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Joining the growing number of musicians that had been teenagers in the golden era of the riot grrl movement, Atlantis Black is a dark but inspired songwriter. Much like similar artists such as Southern Isolation, this is a self-released acoustic catharsis that maintains a gripping tension throughout. Groaned and wailed in the kind of intimate voice that suggests a barely contained venom just waiting to erupt, Black's delivery is one of the most intimidating in the lo-fi singer/songwriter scene. A detrimental production tends to make things a little too intimate at times, as Black literally distorts the sound by playing too passionately into the microphone. But this problem only occasionally comes up, although it does rob some of her emotional highpoints of their power. The standout is "I Can't Kill Myself Today," a poppy ode to reality that sums up the cheerless world of office work perfectly. "Doll" is a revealing bedroom anthem that hinges on her intense guitar chugging, while "Eyes" is a fascinating document of spiraling depression that never gives into overwrought melancholy. The two live tracks are too muddy to be of much note, but the five songs beforehand introduce a charming vixen that entices with her breathy vocals but bites just as easily with her keen lyrical assault.

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