Album Review: Felicity Groom – Magnetic Resonance Centre

Felicity Groom is an electronic artist from Perth, Western Australia who I discovered earlier this year through her track Hey Sun – a tribute to the actor Heath Ledger, someone she grew up alongside. The track features on the album Magnetic Resonance Centre which is released today.

By Graeme Smith

When I spoke to Felicity on our podcast, she explained her organic recording process, combining electronic sounds and ambient noise. This comes through clearly in album opener Human. A steady beat and the sound of children at play underpin Felicity’s dusky and ethereal vocals.

Drum and bass combine with a classic pop feel in nex track Backwards Forwards before the aforementioned Hey Sun, which you can read more about in my review here.

I think it’s Felicity’s unique way of describing everyday life that really draws me to her music. There is a quiet and reflective moment in track Sooner Than The Sun which explores the concept of growing up. The meditation gives way to a steady, cosmic groove that rounds off the first part of the album.

After a downbeat interval, Dance For None is a bass-heavy unexpected pop number before we have Red Dust. In a political moment, the track turns a lens on Australia, critical of its juvenile choices but ultimately ending up being an anthem of a hope for a more compassionate future.

I’ve really not heard much like Felicity Groom. She has a electronic sensibilities of the likes of Deep Forest or Tangerine Dream mixed with the edge and social conscious of Gorillaz. Her music is delivered through her own personal process and sung with floating vocals with a distinct Australian twang.

Magnetic Resonance Centre shines because of the authentic personality and intimacy that Felicity has put into it. It’s an album that will take you on a trip – one where you won’t mind about the destination and whether you get lost along the way. All that will matter is the company.

The album is out now.