In Planetary Sugar
Atrina’s latest album, In Planetary Sugar is dark; beneath the black sea dark and I like it. I have always been drawn to music that takes you to a place of introspection and focuses more on the emotion of the song then finding the perfect hook. Janice and Joey starts out soft and melodic but quickly flips the script and becomes call to arms type anthem. You can’t help but rock to the groove. It almost commands it. Kelly L’heureux’s voice is ethereal yet strong and you believe every note she sings; the heart, the soul just oozes from her vocals. Rounding out Atrina is Phil Law on guitar, Andre Roman on bass and bowed guitar and Dave Parmelee on drums. The next tune that really stood out to me was Prelude to.. The intro is killer and the anticipation of what’s to come hangs on with every beat of the drum. It is an instrumental masterpiece that needs no vocals to complete it. It stands alone.
This is an album that can appeal to a diverse audience. There is a beauty that is heard throughout each tune as it fills your ears with the pain and desperation that Kelly L’heuruex delivers perfectly. I am reminded of a song “Not an Addict” by K’s Choice. Atrina brings that same vibe that K’s Choice introduced to us back in the 90’s, but make no mistake, In Planetary Sugar fits just fine in the rock genre and some of these riffs could easily be transplanted to the next Metallica album. Impure Germanium marches through an epic tale and would be an excellent addition to any movie soundtrack that wanted to express the passion and desire of its hero or heroine.
In Planetary Sugar, is simplistic in nature, yet complex in its arrangements. Give Atrina a listen. You will not be disappointed.