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Review of Midnight Sounds EP by Melanie Crew

I was delighted when I found out Melanie had released a third EP, Midnight Sounds, after reviewing Melanie’s previous two releases – Further Away and Until the End.

Melanie Crew is a singer and musician from London, writing gentle acoustic music with soulful melodies. Having spent over 10 years playing classical clarinet, Melanie turned her attention to her guitar, and has spent the last few years writing songs inspired by favourite artists including Kathryn Williams and Elliott Smith. Her third EP was released in October 2017.

Melanie has played at several acoustic nights and folk clubs, including Half Moon Putney, Harrison, Epping folk club and Loughton folk club, and her songs have been played on BBC 6 Music, including the prime-time Saturday evening Tom Robinson show, BBC Kent, BBC Essex (live session) and many local stations.

And Midnight Sounds is another excellent release that continues with the elegance, beautifully crafted songs and Melanie’s superb vocals seen on previous releases.

Evening Light
A superb laid back groove with bass, strummed acoustic guitar and natural drumming. The vocals are excellent with just an edge of tension reflecting the theme of the song.

A slow vibe from bass and picked guitar riff, the vocals tell a story edged with sadness, emphasized by a subtle dissonance in the chord change.

The Place I Knew
A more uptempo feel to this song, it’s a superb arrangement again with subtle bass and strummed guitar.

Out of Sight
Opening with a picked guitar riff with a slow triplet feel accompanied by vocals, bass enters to give a subtle momentum and the arrangement really highlights the superb vocals.

Stay All Night
Lovely trem chords to open with vocals and subtle bass, it’s a song of loss and regret. There are lovely harmonies too.

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