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EJ Barrett - Single Review: Paint Me A Picture

06 Aug 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
It didn’t take me long to warm to EJ Barrett and her sultry, husky vocals. The New Zealand musical artist based in New Plymouth has taken flight with the debut single Paint Me A Picture. It seems the world is ready to embrace the media content she creates, with nearly 3K Instagram followers gained in 6 months.

EJ Barrett has a soul/ bluesy/jazzy sound, accompanied by a loop station. I could hear the like of Kimbra, Regina Spektor and Joss Stone influencing her strong sound.

There is so much to love about this track. It is honest, sexy and raw with powerful lyrics which reflect her "adventures in polyamory as a queer, neurodivergent, millennial parent". The accompanying video is described as "Glam burlesque queer" and the overall sound has the essence of a dimly lit, smokey gin joint dispersing warm soulful blues and seductive jazz over an enthralled assemblage. The music is tempting and enticing covering what some may see as bold lyrics of a controversial topic.

I have only glimpsed the music video trailer to Paint Me A Picture, but I can see that it is going to be something special and EJ’s ten years training in circus arts is going to come in very handy.

There will be a second single to sink our teeth into soon alongside an EP (produced by Emily Riordan), which I really look forward to hearing.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About EJ Barrett

EJ Barrett writes soul/blues/jazz flavoured vocal loops for social reform. EJ’s debut EP to be released 2020 is about adventures in polyamory as a queer nuerodivergent millenial parent: a plight beyond settler-imposed sexuality/family structures to create mentally sustainable living solutions. With nearly 3k Instagram followers gained in the first 6 months of operation it is apparent that EJ creates media that an underrepresented community is calling out for.
Drawing on inspiration from artists like Joss Stone, Rising Appalachia, Kimbra, Regina Spektor, A Girl Named Mo and Julia Easterlin, EJ crafts soulful live looped tracks using only vocal techniques, body percussion and a Boss RC-505 loop station.



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Releases

Call Me EJ
Year: 2021
Type: EP

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