Edmonton, Alberta, Canada singer/songwriter Adri Meeks grew up in a conservative and religious home. Her mother taught her vocal training. She began songwriting at a young age and eventually pursued music at university obtaining an MA from The Royal Scottish Conservatoire. She soon left her conservative roots behind and she co-wrote a music titled “From Up Here” which debuted in London. After a few years of trying to figure out her true career path she has finally released her debut EP New ID.
The first thing I noticed about New ID was its simplicity and sparseness. Meeks plays keys and sings with Yana Loo, playing occasional saxophone, and Sandro Dominelli sitting in on occasional percussion.
I found it to be a refreshing surprise from someone who co-wrote a musical, which generally tends to yield high performance numbers that often follow a suit of being for a large cast and therefore can be rather overwhelming. Meeks didn’t take this path on her record, but her songs, though spare in their composition, are no less powerful or beautiful.
The opening track “Laurel Tree” sound is mellow but powerful. Meek’s vocals are amazing and her backing band knows just when to come in and when to recede, creating the lush moods which populate this record. Next on “Same” the trio create a slow moving but breathtaking sense of wonderment. Everything is in its right place, and the backing vocals give a profound sense of depth. On “Oceans Away” I was reminded of the masterworks of the baroque songstress Joanna Newsom, the playfulness she often employs in her songs, like the kind of music an old fairy tale would be set to, and later on rapturous “Draped in Sheets” she seemed to conjure the power of the masterful Tori Amos.
The thing I loved most about New ID was that it captured me from the first track and had me in its embrace until the very end with the title track closing out the record with some of the strongest vocals on the record. New ID is one of those hidden gems of a record that you hear by chance and instantly want to tell all your friends or anyone you know who likes music to listen to.
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