an electronic fairytale with Diefenbach’s piano solos
and Dean’s immaculate vibrato the driving forces of
Into the Woods...."
Following playing six dates at the New York Fringe Festival,
a spate of Australian shows and the EP’s release in
early October, the duo consisting of Emma Dean and Jake
Diefenbach are making the most of the six months they’ve
been together. Launching into the EP with the title track,
Dean immediately showcases her vocal range in an a Capella
intro, followed by a musical styling typical of Digital
Daggers. An almost sinister theme comes from a borderline
electronic feel evoked through moog synthesisers.
The second track, ‘This is Where the Trouble Starts’,
was the duo’s first official single in July. It sounds
like the soundtrack for a twisted fairytale. Diefenbach
steps out from behind the piano and, though vocally weaker
than Dean, the song and Diefenbach are kind to each other,
resulting in perfect complementation. With a fast and almost
choppy structure, the song is incredibly playful and sees
the audience feel like they could be running from the big
bad wolf before a captivating piano solo takes control before
‘Forged in Flames’ follows with Dean’s
vocals sounding somewhat like Missy Higgins. The music could
easily be coming from a little girl’s jewellery box.
The piece as an entirety feels rather under-produced compared
to its sister tracks. However, the vocal duets between the
pair are lovely, it just lacks the pizzazz the rest of the
‘Is Anybody Out There?’ sounds like a ballet
recital. Piano heavy, the vocals are simple and enjoyable.
Dean sounds like an amateur version of Sarah Brightman;
which, considering Brightman’s incredible range, style
and resulting success, is a compliment.
‘Won this Game Before’ is by far the most
lyrically flawless and possesses an incredible elegance.
Dean’s vocals, which varies throughout the EP, sound
more like Mel C mixed with KT Tunstall. It’s an electronic
fairytale with Diefenbach’s piano solos and Dean’s
immaculate vibrato the driving forces of Into the Woods.
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