There’s a certain mystery in Travesty Child, a new project from Los Angeles, started by Christian Chico. His debut EP Lineage of Hurt was released on September 1.
Travesty Child’s music can be best described as a mix of dark wave, shoegaze and new wave. With five songs on the minialbum, the project created an amazing, dark, captivating, and very atmospheric sound. No words can accurately describe the astonishing charm of and power hidden in the music. It all begins with a short Introduction and climatic synthesizers: they play a key role in creating this beautiful and dark sound. Loud and pervasive sounds of all the songs speak to the core. Because of the efects, the vocalist seems to sing from a distant locked room. All of that, as well as his deep voice, adds up to the almost mystical atmosphere of the record. The songs are wonderfully melodic, with Dream’s Keep and Love Vandal being the most catchy ones (of course in a good sense). Travesty Child often sounds like more electronic The Cure, and instrumentally, the songs (particularly dark, long and fantastic closing track Leisures in the Sky) sound as if Robert Smith released some unknown b-sides from Disintegration. The project, however, remains quite unique. Mainly because of the overflowing synth sound heard on the album, and low vocals.
Travesty Child recorded a strangely addictive debut. Lineage of Hurt is a solid work, full of enchanting and hypnotizing synthesizers. His music creates a special, gloomy, yet fascinating atmosphere full of melancholy, and rather peculiar energy.