I will be the first to admit this kind of music isn’t typically what I go for. I will also freely admit it would be a grave error on my part to remain ignorant to the infectious tunes of Melinda Ortner. This is what real pop should be like. Enough with the soulless pap being ceaselessly churned out thanks to, but by no means exclusively by, music reality television shows. Melinda demonstrates everything that is good about traditional popular music and where it should be at, these days. Her Strangers EP contains thought-provoking, deep and expressive lyrics married with some melodies that pull you in so fast there is a risk of a little motion sickness. It is well worth it, believe me. There is style and there is substance in abundance.
This single is a perfect introduction to the band with its gentle unassuming melodies that nevertheless sweep you up as if in the midst of a torrent. It is just a nice gentle slightly buffeting kind of torrent with padded clothing for protection. The pensive lyrics and looping one-line chorus may, at first glance, appear overly simplified but it is all in the delivery. The tender vocals fit snugly with the accompanying music. The musical prowess of band members is hinted at so well, one song will not be enough to satisfy the thirst it will leave you with for more. Roll on 5th November when all of Joyce The Librarian’s songs will be available for you to hear and enjoy.
There’s a real nice ethereal feel to the string accompaniments but this is only one of a number of other musical instruments and effects bought into the final mix. Even though Dylan’s vocals exude gloominess they are so palatable to the ear, they establish a quick emotional connection making you feel for the loss and pain he is singing about. The strings add a nice depth to the melancholy while the remainder of the music is considerably upbeat. It never sounds like it is contradicting itself, however. All in all this is not only masterfully crafted; it is a beautifully composed and elegantly produced song.
New album from Gilmore and Robert: The Innocent Left
Release date: 29 October 2012