Title - 'Septagon EP' (Stiff Hips Music)
Artist - Beth Thornley
Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Beth Thornley’s music has a timeless appeal. Her gorgeously clean vocals combined with thoughtful lyrics and appealing pop sensibilities are a delight.
And so it was with great pleasure that the arrival of her fourth release, and first EP Septagon to our offices meant that the listening of real, honest-to-God true music was about to be undertaken.
‘Say You Will’ is an lightly-crisp anthemic song that showcases the way Thornley lyrically thinks now. The verses are tight, yet fun and she knows exactly where she is headed with each one. Come the middle you are singing along like it’s some UK girl band’s summer song, whilst come the end you wish it was an extended remix. The trippy ‘It Could Be’ has the gentle ‘I Am The Walrus’ back beats of an Beatles era midway through, which allow her beautiful vocals to slide along gently above them. A song that doesn’t need to hit any expectant marks along the way, it is definitely a worthwhile journey to undertake regardless.
‘Last To Fall’ is another slower musical journey, but seemingly a more personal trip down the Thornley memory lane, perhaps. Her vocals sometimes hushed, sometimes raw, most times soft and confessional, Thornley with Glen Phillips (Toad The Wet Sprocket) on backing vocals is a pure delight to behold. The final song on this delightful EP is ‘All These Things,’ which aside from being yet another three-word-title song is another great incentive for you to delve more deeply into Thornley’s musical past. Together with a slight bounce, her voice has never, to my mind ever sounded as honest, as sweet, as revealing as this.
Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk