Dani Kristina

REVIEW: ‘Aura’ EP – Dani Kristina

Dani Kristina – “Aura” EP

Canadian singer Dani Kristina has just release her debut EP, “Aura”, a five track collection that has been created with Grammy-nominated producer Trevor James Anderson and recorded in Toronto. Dani says of the EP: “This release really encompasses the various influences at play when I’m writing, or even just existing. I’ve never been able to box myself into just one category, and I think that by listening to ‘Aura’ that becomes really evident. This project has kind of been a journey of me finding out who I am as an artist, and it explores a lot of inner conflicts that I’ve experienced throughout my writing and recording process. I really hope that this release reaches some people who have felt the same things as me, and I hope they fall in love with some of the complex emotions I explore throughout”.

“Aura” begins with “Deceived”, a dreamy mid-tempo number with elements of Country-pop in which Dani discusses entering into a new relationship only to find that all is not what it seems but if that’s how it has to be, then sometimes it’s best to be ‘deceived’. “Drift Away” keeps the theme and the pace going along with Dani’s underplayed vocal set against a slight-rock, pop backing track that I love so much, especially over the chorus and the close of the song. “Burning Parachute” ramps up the country/rock tone with a burst of refershing energy in this EP as she deals with the aforementioned ‘person’ who has just left her “falling through the sky with a burning parachute”. Bad choice! I love songs with quirky titles. Kate Bush’s “Mrs. Bartolozzi” dealt with her washing exploits and now Dani airs her dirty clothing in full view on “Laundry Day”! And what a perfect day to pick a fight. On “Laundry Day”! Short, quick and simple is the order of the day and nothing more or less is expected or necessary.

Sadly EP’s don’t last long and all too soon we arrive at the final track, “You Don’t Get To Choose”, more Country vibes and dramatic sounds as Dani sets out the way ahead and takes control. She’s on top and has had enough, now she’s calling the shots as “you don’t get to choose anymore”. “Aura” tells a story of love from beginning to end, the highs and the lows and everything in between and Dani relays that perfectly with this collection of five very similar but different songs with spot on production and a wonderful introduction to her talent as a songwriter, a story teller and as a singer. There is a voice in there, I feel somehow, that we’ve yet hear properly, so I’m hoping Dani will prove herself to me on future releases. But for now, “Aura” acts as an open doorway to the very special talent of Dani Kristina. Hear it, feel it, love it.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!