Title - 'Amanda Mair' (Labrador)
Artist - Amanda Mair
With a voice that you wouldn't associate with a 17 year-old young girl, the Swedish chart hopeful has taken the recording world by storm with her self-titled debut album, out now on Labrador Records.
It's been said of the very talented Amanda Mair, a cross (if you must) between a tempered Robyn and a restrained Kate Bush, that as her parents own a bakery back in Lidingo, her island hometown, it was amongst fresh-baked goods where she developed her love of music and singing! Well, whatever it was that about those heavenly smells, Mair most certainly awakened her musical senses back then in fine style.
The first track is 'Said And Done,' a slow pop of a track, it's also a great way to introduce Mair to your ears. The faster, harder 'Doubt' is next, which is followed by the slower 'House' and the poppy sing-along bounce of 'Sense.'
Next up is the beautiful piano ballad 'Skinnarviksberget,' which translated means the Skinnarvik Mountain, which one assumes is probably the location where the song's inspiration originates from. Then comes the revealing 'Before,' a great song that might just be my favorite on the album, with the lush 'It's Gonna Be Long' and 'What Do You Want' next.
It's obvious that the big melodic hooks and sweeping production from
Philip Ekström - vocals, guitar for The Mary Onettes, another Swedish band also signed to Labrador Records - is in fine form here for Mair, as the album closes with the stunning piano ballad 'You've Been Here Before' and the upbeat 'Leaving Early.'