Friday, September 26, 2008

[225] Review: Lindsay Rae Spurlock - Heart On EP (self-released)

Hometown girl Lindsay Rae Spurlock’s bio states that since moving to New York, she’s opened for Lisa Loeb and has been talking to KT Tunstall and Imogen Heap—and it’s easy to see why. The lush, sentimental ballads comprising her new EP Heart On would fit nicely with any of those performers. Produced with Ben Allen, who’s worked with Gnarls Barkley and Christina Aguilera, Heart On presents Spurlock as a self-possessed, confident songwriter, swooning over acoustic guitar and loops on “Holding Hands” and holding her own in the more intimate piano ballad “Chocolate Hearts.” In the latter song, she declares, “I’m giving up on love for the new year, before becoming swept up in a luxuriant strings arrangement.” Singers can get lost in such a melodramatic setting, but while Spurlock is no four-octave fogcutter she brings a palpable presence to the songs. It would be surprising if the next small-town ingénue doesn’t hit her up for an opening slot before long.

Essential tracks: “Chocolate Hearts,” “Holding Hands,” “November”

Recommended if you like: Aimee Mann, KT Tunstall, Gilmore Girls reruns


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