The Melancholy Bliss of Indigo Innuendo's "Happiness Illusion"
Have you ever had a deep, vivid dream in which you find yourself face-to-face with some source of emotional turmoil from your waking life; a dream in which the doubts, fears, and burning questions that you've suppressed for weeks, months, or even years make their way into that eerily tranquil and hazy light which illuminates the ever-changing worlds we drift through in sleep, demanding resolution?
Have you ever had such a dream and then awoken, misty-eyed and overwhelmed by a strange sense of relief and clarity, having come away, if not with a definitive solution to your problems, at least with a deeper understanding of yourself and the feeling that you’ve taken the first step on a path that will eventually bring you peace and healing?
If your answer is “yes”, then the sensations evoked by listening to Indigo Innuendo’s debut EP, Happiness Illusion should prove rather familiar.
A subtle, spellbinding, and deeply moving work of art, Happiness Illusion sees the new Atlanta trio emerge fully-formed and waxing existential, lyrically, as they examine the nature of true happiness and explore just a few of the many ways in which we settle for less, all too often deceiving ourselves into complacency until it’s far too late. Each song on the five track EP flows effortlessly into the next in a manner which emphasizes the record’s conceptual unity and makes it that much more of an immersive and entrancing listening experience.
Blending spectral guitar lines, dense ambient synths, tight, groovy drumming, and soulful R&B-tinged vocals, Indigo Innuendo achieves a highly original sound that falls somewhere in the middle of indie and art rock, with trace elements of retro pop added in for good measure. It's a winning combination that will endear the group to listeners from a vast array of backgrounds.
Demonstrating impeccable musicianship and an absolute mastery of songcraft, Indigo Innuendo has arrived in spectacular fashion. And if future releases from the group possess even half of their debut's compositional excellence and thematic depth, the Atlanta scene may never be the same.