The EP Heartbreak Is Contagious is Kris Angelis’ second project, following her debut album Left Atrium. Although it doesn’t come out until the second of June, I’ve been lucky enough to get a preview. The lead single from the EP of the same name recently won her the title of Best Female Artist in the International Acoustic Music Awards plus the LA Critics Award for Best Female EP. So you can understand my excitement about getting an exclusive listen.
The EP begins with the title track, with solely Angelis and a guitar and an emphasis on the second beat of each bar. In the second chorus big and sparse percussion as well as some backing vocals are introduced. The song had a subtle but satisfying build up, with Angelis’ melodies shining through. The next track, Built This House brings the tempo back to a slower feel. This track highlights her vocal ability, with smooth transitions from chest to head voice and from a strong to a soft tone.
Life Support begins with sporadic piano notes and a subtle echoing synth sound. Again, the melody of this track is absolutely beautiful. The last song on the EP is more upbeat than the rest. Titled Kevin Bacon, the song is about falling in love. You may be wondering what that has to do with the famous actor, and you don’t find out until the end of the chorus when she references the popular film Footloose. This track is probably the most catchy on the EP and is a great way to end the project.
If you’re a fan of pop, singer songwriter-styled music, Kris Angelis is certainly an artist to put on your playlist. The EP has a great variety of slower, introspective songs and upbeat, catchy tracks. A great addition to any music library. I give it 10/10.
To listen to more of Kris’ music go to her YouTube Channel