We are violating self-imposed rules by posting “Invisible” by Grace Davies. The rule we are prepared to disclose, because it doesn’t sound elitist, is that posting should be based on the song, not the video. But the video of “Invisible” is powerful in its ability to work with the lyrics and the vocals. Empathy is the result.
In talking about the sadness of “Invisible, Grace Davies said:
“No happy ending, no glimmer of hope because that’s how I felt at the time. Every single word is the truth. My lyrics are like diary entries. Whatever I’m feeling comes tumbling out, however horrible. Writing that song was like therapy, I’d never written lyrics that raw before and as soon as I did, I began to feel better. I knew straight away I had my first single. I hope the song helps other people in the same situation as much as it did me. Share the sadness and move on.”
Grace Davies is from Blackburn, UK. She will release an EP later this year.
Ingeniously, “Little Phoenix Baby” has a brief, slightly dark segment that divides two easily distinguishable but equally inviting energetic segments. For much of the single from Enola Fall, the instruments and vocal take an egalitarian approach, working toward the common goal of promoting bustle. Even when the vocals rest (1:30) and the guitar steps forward, there is a unity of purpose. But at 3:09, the brief divider signals a change. The final segment is again highly energetic, but the vocals turn to a chant mode and the guitar declares its independence.
Enola Fall is from Hobart, Tasmania, but they have also recorded and performed in Los Angeles, California. The members are Joe Nuttall (vocals, guitar, piano) and Mark Woodward (bass, vocals, woodwinds).
In anticipation of their album release on June 5, Mt. Joy is systematically sprinkling Indie joy. The 13-song album is titled “Rearrange Us” and the latest single release is “Witness.” The song exposes a more serious and darker side of Mt. Joy. It is a profession of love, but the relationship has its difficulties.
Similar to the song “Strangers,” “Witness” showcases the prowess of Jackie Miclau on keyboards. But “Witness” is a skillfully build on the use of the keys. In fact, the first verse is limited to the voice of Matt Quinn and an acoustic guitar. When the second verse arrives (1:06), so do the keys, but without complexity. It isn’t until the two-minute mark that the full power of the instrument is unleashed.
In writing about the single, Mt. Joy noted:
“’Witness’ is out now. It’s one of our favorite recordings we’ve ever made. It’s a heavy tune, but there’s real redemption in getting to tell your story in song. It’s been amazing to see the response to it, and we can’t wait for you to hear how these songs fit into the record we made. Our producer, Tucker Martine, crushed it.”
The founding members of Mt. Joy have their roots in Philadelphia, but the band was fully formed and is now based in Los Angeles. The members are Matt Quinn (vocals, guitar), Sam Cooper (guitar), Sotiris Eliopoulos (drums), Jackie Miclau (keyboards), and Michael Byrnes (bass).