With the likes of folk starlets such as Lissie and Laura Marling proving that the understated folk market is every bit the heavyweight genre as its pop and rock siblings, the folk scene is bustling with rising artists lining up to push the sound into more mainstream waters. Such bravery and pioneering has helped the folk circuit become just that little more noticed and records have been seeing sales increase over the past 5 years with the younger generation becoming more and more accepting of a sound that was once deemed commercially uncool.
Misty Miller is one of folks latest with a talent drenched set of vocal chords and a semi-angst coated quality about her delivery that grabs your attention right from the get-go, as we discovered on the singers brand new EP, Next To You, a ballsy 5-track collection that sets the scene for one of the genres newest centerpieces.
The EP’s title track is the obvious standout here and this one cracks the lid on the EP. Opening with a casual guitar strum before a beat drops in to help the momentum build around Misty’s mature rock-chic rich vocals. The melody carries some strong 50’s-esque Rock’n’Roll characteristics and the guitar solo than twists and bends as the track comes to a close is quite the stage stealer.
Anything For You is a riotous addition within the EP, overflowing with quick delivered and edgy guitar riffs and a rhythm that gets the toes tapping and the blood pumping. Vocally, the track is tight with the singer shedding all signs of innocence with a powerful, gritty vocal arrangement while I’ve Got Everything resonates well within the mini collection; Misty’s vocals taking on an echoed effect as they dot around a steel guitar driven instrumentation and an occasional harmonica cameo within the tracks busy closing. While the track is rich in instruments it is also unfortunately quite untidy in its delivery – no sing-along opportunities to be found here I’m afraid.
Along with the EP’s sturdy, bolshy numbers we are also offered some syrupy ballads in the form on Tea In China and the bluesy, tambourine seasoned Wait, both of which provide the track-listing with some sentiment and romanticism, particularly within the latter tracks contrasting delivery.
It is a bit of a mixed bag but all-in-all Misty has put together a rather captivating and thorough EP here. It is blended nicely with the rationing of ballads amongst the up-tempo, jaded nuggets and vocally, you won’t be disappointed as Misty is on top form, prancing through each number with precision and passion.
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