From San Diego comes the darkly inspired music of the talented and ambitious band Sluka. Releasing their newest Gothic rock album Introversions, this musical act is honoring every song with its own accompanying video as well, an impressive feat by any musician's standards. For those looking to add something unique and catchy to their growing music collection, Sluka might just have what you are looking for.
Opening with the vampiric-sounding anthem “Valentine Lies," Sluka channels both David Bowie and HIM, which is exactly what was needed for this song to have such an artsy and charismatic feel. The guitars are clean and slick, the drums are basic but well-placed, and the vocals are ethereal in their delivery. This was a great choice in introducing Sluka’s unique style to the waiting public.
“Doctor Strangelove” is a quirky track that embraces a true '80s electronica style, and for many this will be the song that they gravitate towards at parties; simply put, the song is fun. From cosmic synths to electronic drums and an almost hair metal vocal style, it's something of a strange experience, which is most likely the intended point. I found that I had to listen to it a second time to get the point of this track, and even then, it might be a bit too bizarre for me to take too seriously.
Harnessing the emotional energies found in melancholy, the song “Sadder Than Sad” is one of the most commercially viable ballads on this album. Slowing the pace down a bit, the song aims at using a raw and honest vulnerability to capture the many bleeding hearts out there. Light on the instrumentation and heavy on the drama, “Sadder Than Sad is an instantly likeable song.
What Sluka brings to the table is not your average album, and it will no doubt gather many polarizing opinions. Some will find themselves having to try too hard to overlook the theatrical appeal of the music, while others will embrace it completely. For those ambitious listeners looking for something fresh to add to their musical collections, check out what Sluka offers with Introversions.
Sluka can be found on their official site.