Nora Meier is a singer/songwriter based in Portland, Oregon. She blends her jazzy folk vocals with piano, strings and guitar to create a unique soulful sound. Her debut EP With Time features five original tracks and follows the release of her first single “Icicles” in January of 2017.
The EP opened with “Bluebird” which stunned me with the beautiful tone of Meier’s voice. It’s a magical combination of the deep rich tone of Fiona Apple and the jazzy melodic playfulness of Melody Gardot. The song itself is a masterpiece, and I don’t say that lightly. The arrangement is complex and interesting, the lyrics are full of longing and intimate emotional pleas, and the vocals are sensual and rich. The song is layered beautifully. The result is a full-bodied sound that is dense and thick. It's honestly a gorgeous song. I fell hard. Meier ripped my soul out with this one and it took me awhile to get it back in.
The second song “Crazy Boy” was a quality track as well, but didn’t quite blow me away the way “Bluebird” did. Meier’s vocals and piano bounce playfully off of each other in such an entertaining way, it’s almost as if the words are dancing. The strings work so well with the jazzy classical vibe and the throwback class of Meier’s voice.
“There’s The Door” took a sadder tone, but still felt poetic and pretty. The lyrics about knowing a relationship is ending but not having the energy to save it are completely relatable and bittersweet. That storytelling poetry continued with “Won’t Last.” Meier really is a talented songwriter. It’s one thing to write pretty words. It’s another thing entirely to fit them into complex melodies that showcase your voice perfectly, which is exactly what she does.
The EP ended with the title track “With Time” which was light and uplifting and reminded me of springtime. This one featured Meier on guitar and although I do think it fits the feel of the song, I prefer her singing with piano accompaniment.
I don’t think it’s hard to tell that I absolutely loved With Time. A song like “Bluebird” solidifies Meier in my mind as a contender in the music industry. An artist like this only improves with evolution. It’s already apparent Meier has a deep understanding and relationship with music that will only deepen with time and experience. I am so excited to follow her career and hear future work. I will be singing “Bluebird” in the shower in the meantime.
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