The Pxrtals - 'Un Jour'

6/10

After spending much of the last few years building up his repertoire of new material, Canadian artist and musician Levi Soulodre takes the first major milestone of his career and unveils his first studio album 'Un Jour'. Inspired by many other brooding frontmen such as Roy Orbison and Morrissey, 'Un Jour' aims to set the singer up as a sorrowful individual but somehow still manages to convey a strong level of hope throughout.

When listening to the production of 'Un Jour', one thing that remains a constant almost entirely throughout is the level of fuzz and distortion. While tracks like 'Dawn Of A Global Community' see this atmosphere pushed onto the back burner, the record still likes to see itself as a dark yet moving release. Adopting a strong ethereal tone in places, it seems to project this feeling of depression and dread, while still having its moments of upbeat melodies to juxtapose it.

Overall, 'Un Jour' is a competent release from a focused songwriter. Capturing a solid direction from the start, it still manages to create a diverse disposition with its ideas and allow the frontman to unveil all the sides of his penmanship.

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