Multi-instrumentalist, illustrator, and writer Blair B. takes a departure from her self prescribed norm of complicated, over-saturation, and cacophony to release a naked collection of musical insights. Best known for her powerful vocals in the alternative rock outfit Absinthe Junk and symphonic soundscapes for her graphic novel Star Cross’d Destiny, Luxury Eviction takes the listener to the opposite side of the spectrum with its minimalist soundscape approach featuring often one vocal and limited instrumentation. Recorded using legendary audio equipment from Abbey Road and Capitol Records, minimal editing was conducted to give each song a single performance quality. The result is a raw and vulnerable examination of the human condition.
Resonating stripped-down vocals give this album a melancholy appeal in places, as Blair B. evolves to a more mystical plateau. Blair B. possesses the kind of voice that can summon long forgotten moments with a quiet whisper, and then obliterate them with a gale-force roar.
‘Master of None’ is the excellent new release by Luxury Eviction. Due for release on 8th January 2019, the album is a collection of emotional and thoughtful songs which speak to the soul and will have you reaching for the repeat button.
Though it was apparently “recorded using legendary audio equipment from Abbey Road and Capitol Records,” Luxury Eviction’s Master of None would have sounded great even recorded on 4-track in someone’s closet. Blair B’s vocals are just that powerful. Her songs could almost be described as avant garde, alternative, and ultimately more substantive versions of James Bond film theme songs like For Your Eyes Only and All Time High. The tracks on this album just have a very epic, symphonic feel to them, but with some edgier, brooding undertones. The songs are very meticulously put together and well crafted. Though they were recorded on top notch (analog?) gear, there isn’t a bunch of processing or post-production tinkering with the sound. It’s mostly left in its fresh and undisturbed form, accented with traditional reverb and delay.
...she connects with listeners through some pretty poetic words, and when it comes to artistry, I think she did a good job of showing several different sides of her character.
In its own understated way it is beguiling and hypnotic, gentle electronic beats and darkly shimmering synths laying down an intoxicating platform for her always intriguing lyrics and vocal prowess to ensnare the listener.