I was intrigued the first time I heard “Inside My Prison” from Evelyn Valancourt. Although the track didn’t have me completely sold, the story that came with it did. Apparently, this track was part of an EP that tells the story of a young woman struggling for her emancipation. Yeah, I wanted to hear this track in the context of the story so let’s dig into ‘To The End of Drama’ from Evelyn Valancourt!
“Inside My Prison” kicks this quick four-song EP off and I was instantly reminded of why I was so intrigued by this group’s sound. Although a standard indie-pop beat, something about the vocals absolutely had me stunned even on this second listen. They are dramatic, beautiful, full of emotion, and just absolutely captivating. There’s something almost operatic about them at times but it’s not over the top. Every word is enunciated perfectly which is a feat what with so much power coming in from the instrumentation behind the vocals. All in all, this opening track is not only epic but also invites you into the world that is Evelyn Valancourt in the best way.
The story of this EP continues with “Misery Is Not an Excuse”. Although absolutely still stunning and dramatic, there’s something a bit darker about this track that I found hauntingly beautiful. The vocals, although still crystal clear, seem to slide from word to word in an almost exhausting manner. Don’t mistake that statement as me saying this track is sleepy because it’s not but you can just feel the exhaustion that comes with where the story is throughout this track. There are moments throughout this track that hit you with so much power and sound that it hits you like a pile of bricks and it really drives the words home.
“Ode To” brings back those operatic vocals that I heard in the first track and pairs them with a more minimalistic background to really give them the time to shine that they deserve. Although the words are still clear, I found it hard to keep track of the actual words of the story because I was trying to catch everything else going on in this track. That’s when I realized that Evelyn Valancourt has thought this EP through so well that you don’t have to catch the individual words to really catch the story and that’s a magical thing. The emotion and power (or lack thereof) that you hear in the music tells the story as well as any words ever could.
The final track on this all-too-quick EP is “A Thousand Mouths”. I feel like you can hear elements from the previous tracks in this song and I love how they all come together to form this final song in a perfect way. It has a bit of the moodiness, a bit of the theatrics, and all of the talent that has become a signature of this band. Although I truly feel like you have to hear this EP as a whole to really get the story and their sound, this ending track does a great job of summing it all up.
I love epic works of art and that’s exactly what this EP is. I’m glad that I asked Evelyn Valancourt for more because, although every single track from this band is great, hearing them in the context of this well-thought-out release is a game-changer.
My Favorite Track(s): Trust me– just listen to this full EP
For Fans Of: Stunning Storytelling; Captivating Vocals
Daydream-ability: 6 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Both cats screamed from the kitchen for dinner
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 6.5 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 7 out of 10
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