GEA’s third album “Pink” is the result of her collaboration with music producer Mikko H. Haapoja. GEA is an experimental, indiepop artist who attempts to signify the richness and coolness of the singer’s native landscape of Finland. She brings about an interesting atmosphere of mysterious airiness. GEA has the potential is become the cascading, serene, and quality artist she aims to be, however “Pink” misses the mark in both technical achievement and vocal ability.
The title track “Pink” has several major problems in terms of composition and the lack of basic technical elements. The melody she’s singing in the song is too high as she suddenly goes up an unexpected octave during the progression. Moreover, in the chorus, there is a disturbing wailing sound which drones on until the listeners get annoyed.
The balance of the song is strange because there was barely any sound coming out of the left speaker. The “airiness” that GEA is aiming for in “Pink” causes her voice to slur and listeners will find it difficult to discern or even understand the lyrics. Truthfully, I thought she was singing in a foreign language and not English because of the intense slurring.
The production of “Pink” is dry because there isn’t any production except for the fact that Haapoja brought all the instruments to the front of the song, which in turn, construes the quality of GEA’s singing. There is a lot going on in this track and some foreign instruments were implemented. However, Haapoja and GEA bring all the instrumentals to the front of the song and that makes it challenging for any listener to focus on other elements of the song. “Pink” sounds chaotic and almost headache-inducing. Not to mention, the instrument in the background sometimes gets out of tune.
Listen to GEA’s single “Pink” here:
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