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Amiria Grenell - Album Review: Autumn

14 Oct 2015 // A review by camy3rs

Autumn is the third album from Lyttelton-based musician, Amiria Grenell and it’s a solid addition to a steadily growing and poignant body of work. The first release through Grenell’s own Quiet Bird Records, the album opens with the jazzy, driving Rain, and from there flows seamlessly through its 13 numbers.

Lyrically, it reads a little on the fantastical side – someone reinterpreting familiar aspects of life and giving them more credence through a kind of faux, exaggeratedly historical lens, though this serves well to make each song feel ‘bigger', and there are definitely elements of brilliant lyricism; “it’s just a ‘like’ or a ‘love’ or a dance with pride” being a personal favourite.

There are contrasting elements in the instrumentation of individual songs that on paper should not work, and yet somehow manage to make the overall product feel completely cohesive. The production is masterful, and so slick that it is almost a detriment to the music – if only in the sense that anything describing itself as ‘folk’ should seemingly reflect of human error, and if any mistakes do occur they are not apparent.

Aspects of some songs draw direct vocal comparisons to both Tori Amos and Laura Marling (most notably Your Sky and Sea Salt), but overall, the lyrical themes and nuances are so completely kiwi that the similarities are negated. A beautiful piece of work.

Autumn is available on Amiria Grenell's Bandcamp Page.

 

About Amiria Grenell

Amiria Grenell has toured Australasia with Fly My Pretties, performed at the Kaikoura Roots Festival, Luminate, WOMAD 2012, The Christchurch Jazz Festival and the Nelson Arts Festival.

She has also performed with Fly My Pretties in the Winery Tour 'A Day on the Green', at Rhythm & Alps, The Auckland Folk Festival, Wanaka Festival of Colour and at WOMAD 2013 (with Fly My Pretties).

Amiria has completed a successful Spring tour in 2013 with Folk duo Into the East around the North Island and with Holly Arrowsmith around Southland.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Amiria Grenell

Releases

Autumn
Year: 2015
Type: Album
Three Feathers
Year: 2011
Type: Album

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