Genika’s “The Purity” takes the listener on an introspective journey of self-discovery and realization of old passions. Essentially, challenging the listener to wake up and dream again without the fear of retribution or doubt. The thought provoking mood, lyrics, and soothing melodies are highlights throughout this work.
Haunting yet uplifting vocals, along with mainly guitar driven chilled melodies cause me to place this in the nearly extinct shoegazer category. “The Purity” combines elements of light goth rock, violin, piano, and electronic sounds backing the complex lyrical schemes. My favored tracks are “Slipping Away”, “Limitless”, and “Follow Your Heart”. At first listen, this album may sound simplistic, but listening closely reveals the album’s emotional depth and range.
“The Purity” is truly poetry in motion. It is a unique experience for the listener searching for meaning in music. It is a challenging and uplifting work that weaves a message of encouragement and hope while portraying the stark reality of life. With themes ranging from abandonment to the desire to break out of one’s self, Genika has tapped into the individual’s desire to do something special and meaningful. Included is a remixed version of the album, providing yet another perspective into the world of Genika. –Jess Hanna
released 08 August 2006
Genika and collaborator, writer and producer, Rik Bafaro put together their debut album, "the purity" in December of 2005, along with Paul Hampton on guitar and bass, and Phil Robertson on percussion. The project then expanded with the addition of engineer and musical scholar Mark Henning. Renowned producer/engineer Greg Reely (Sarah McLachlan, Delirium) was then called upon for the final touches by mixing the album at the warehouse studios in Vancouver Canada.