Sarah Schonert Tears Down Boundaries on Songs About Sounds LP

By Deuce

Sonically, you’re liable to hear a little bit of just about everything from Sarah Schnoert on her latest album, Songs About Sounds. Mostly, of course, you’ll hear the deliberate tickling of the ivories on what’s definitely a piano-intensive affair. But the unusual sound effects, the processed synthesizers, and even a few sterling vocal arrangements all proliferate throughout these songs.

These individual elements are passable individually, but work wonders collectively on tracks like the leadoff “All This Noise”. The effects on the vocals are heavy duty at times, suprassing common reverb for wet sounding delays that reverberate throughout the speakers. The high hats open up in triple if not quadruple time, and the singer/songwriter/programmer/producer even unleashes the wah wah guitars to funk things up. But the common element throughout the work is the piano chords, and perhaps the big voice singing Schonert unveils as well.

She flips styles vocally too. On “The Sound of Falling Down” she practically sounds like she’s talking to the listener in an intimate conversation framed by an off-kilter drum pattern and major dose of pianos that pave the way. Nonetheless, the artist reveals the full might of her prowess on “Formular”, showcasing her ability to freak sounds as well as anybody who’s ever attempted to do so.

Largely bereft of vocals, this number begins with a string of WTF keys with tremendous vocal effects sounding far too wet to be delay or reverb. In this respect, the artist has succeeded in grabbing the listener’s attention. The drums pound along with the four on the floor pattern rendered ubiquitous by EDM, while Schonert creeps in low sounding synths resembling strings while leaving your ears awash with a heaping helping of piano in a way that defies words. There’s bright colors, moods, and paintings, perhaps, found within this cut that erupts into a more standard drum pattern to truly take you there.

On other works, such as “Hold You Up”, Schonert has more overt pop aspirations. Still, the drums hit hard on this one as she runs through a delightful ditty that still sounds good after being played multiple times. In all, there’s no telling what you might hear on Songs About Sound (indeed, there’s no telling what you are hearing), which is the largely the strength of this collection.  

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