When you see an artist compared to both Kate Bush and Muse, to Queen and Evanescence, is it possible not to be curious? Monique Angele manages to bring aspects of all these artists together for her brand of showtune-tinged pop music that earns her upcoming album’s title: Alive.
With training in solo piano, vocals, and opera, Angele takes the spotlight on every song on Alive, though she is backed by cinematic swells of sound courtesy of Sarah Busuttil’s violin and tension-building percussion by Shawn Burgess, as well as Sean O’Sullivan on the other instrumentation as well as production.
Most often channelling the optimistic beliefs she wishes to bestow on the world (“I Want a World”, “Forever Strong”), Angele is also unafraid to move into candid melancholy, as on the bittersweet and soulful “Hold On”. But where she shines most brightly is on album opener “Pink Coloured Sky”, which you can hear above. Here, the cinematic growth is created with strings that move and find a duality with the piano. Monique Angele’s voice soars with all its power. Another highlight comes with the layering of “Our Paradise”, which finds a classical piano riff rocketed with a percussion drop.
Always dynamic and always glimmering, Monique Angele’s Alive is a collection of tracks that find beauty in both the big and the small. Using classical musical elements and complicating them with contemporary songwriting ideas makes the most of Angele’s talents and knits a unique sound together.