He’s a visual artist (who had his oil paintings displayed in galleries acrossNew York, San Diego, Tokyo and Milan) and an accompanied aircraft pilot, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Bruce Dickinson, the legendary aviator who fronts the world’s biggest heavy rock act, Iron Maiden.
But Christopher Sluka –simply known as Sluka – is better known for captivating fans across several continents (particularly in Japan) through his musical compositions that can be described as simultaneously daunting and moving.
To date, the San-Diego alternative rockerhasscored a string of critical and commercial success, with his albums: ‘Emotional Battlefield’, ‘Fear of Ordinary Life’, ‘A Matter of Perception’, ‘Solo Flight’ and more recently, ‘Introversions’.
Now Sluka adds ‘Color Radiation’ to his impressive CV, making the latest body of work his 11th studio recorded album…and once you hit the play button in this ten-track production, immediately two very notable artists comes to mind.
With the exception of ‘Mode of Joy’, ‘Cold War’, ‘Visceral Repercussions’ and ‘Metaphor’, the album possess the delicately sweet arrangements, reminiscent of Coldplay coupled with the dauntingly octave and David Bowie-esque vocals provided by the man himself.
Although the aforementioned combo is quite pleasant to the ears, concluding single, ‘Metaphor’ shows the real Sluka: the shift away from the vocal persona of 1970s glam rock Bowiereveals a vocal range that’s beautifully wailing yet pure as snow, which perfectly works in unison with the presence of the piano.
‘Color Radiation’ will go down a treat with fans of Coldplay and David Bowie. As mentioned before, although it’s an album that makes pleasing listening, I reckon it would have hit the spot more with stunning pieces similar to ‘Metaphor’.
by Tracey Dawkins
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