Fractures’ debut release is one of those collections of songs that feel like you should be experiencing a life-affirming moment alongside it. Mark Zito’s soothing vocals harmonise perfectly with the airy and atmospheric guitar that’s scattered throughout the eight songs.
‘Embers’ encompasses the perfect build and sets up the debut EP in a way that not many achieve. Zito’s vocals are perfectly balanced with the steady drumbeat and guitar.
There’s a kind of simplistic beauty to Fractures’ songs. The lyrics aren’t over-thought and the accompanying instrumental set the perfect mood to form a well-rounded EP. In ‘Cadence’, Zito repeats the mantra “Just breathe/Just breathe it in” to listeners, allowing them to have some deep thoughts while listening to his track. So many musicians of today try so hard to show off their skills that they end up bombarding listeners and taking away the chance of relaxation and reflection from them.
‘Twisted’ started off the Fractures revolution back in January 2012 after significant airplay on triple j. With a harsher drumbeat, gentle piano and guitar, ‘Twisted’ is a standout of the release.
Overall, Zito has managed to neatly package eight songs of raw human emotions. Zito’s vocal delivery takes each song to a new level and hits to the core of each emotion expressed.
Out now via independent release
Written by Amanda Sherring