The sophomore release from Orlando band The Actomatics, “Summer is Risky,” is ten songs of deftly textured rich melodies. The band’s modern rock sound is steeped in classic rock charm; this is fresh new music with a warm layer of cozy vibes.
The songs on “Summer is Risky” are diverse. The CD kicks off with alternative rock flavored “Punctuation Etc.” and closes with the retro sounds of “Set ‘Em Up.” As far as the songs in between, they flaunt a variety of sound styles from the band, with darker, moody ones to songs that show a bit of country flavor in the mix.
The band’s music is highlighted by the sultry vocal style of lead singer Shadow Pearson. Her voice caresses the lyrics as she sings “pretty little one that I adore so well/even with the broken dishes on the kitchen floor” on “California” or “you better leave me a quiet space to settle my soul” in “Blue Wisteria.” In “Truly” and “Toxic” her vocals take on an edgy, defiant tone in places.
The vocals aren’t the only high point, the musicianship shines on “Summer is Risky” as well. The drums lay a solid rhythmic foundation throughout and really take center stage at one point on “Horses.” Notable guitar riffs populate every song and even the piano slides into the limelight in several songs. The CD’s instrumentation is well-blended, each instrument rising for attention on cue and then smoothly settling back into the mix.
The Actomatics have done a terrific job with the songs on “Summer is Risky.” The CD is captivating upon first listen and reveals more wonders every time through, an instant classic.