Burralow is an indie folk outfit fronted by the songwriting duo Sarah Heydon & Ryan Sheridan. They recently released a self-titled six-song EP Burralow. The EP contains fully realized songs that are beautifully produced and delivered. The group knows how to create songs that tug at your emotional strings. It’s a visceral experience that is hard to deny.
The band opens with “Mountainside.” It starts with a pretty guitar picking and vocals by Sheridan. Vocal harmonies come into the mix by about a minute and additional elements like drums, bass and glockenspiel. The energy keeps rising and reminded me of Fleet Foxes that mixes Americana and folk. It’s a song that seamlessly blends nostalgia with hopeful optimism that fills you with vigor.
Up next is “Biscuit Tin” where Heydon takes the lead vocals. She has a great voice and sounded perfect for the music. “Biscuit Tin” is more melancholy than the opener and contains orchestral strings that adds layers of additional emotion to the song.
“What I Need” felt a little more like an alternative song and it is about coming to terms with the fact that you can’t please everyone. The Cranberries came to mind. Heydon’s vocals are not only delivered beautifully but the song is really catchy. I also have to give a nod to that excellent drum work.
“Wollongong Song” is sort of a classic boy meets girls type song. It’s heartfelt but also has plenty of levity to it. The song never feels saccharine. There are also so many great melodies packed into the song.
The band continue to flourish and display different sides to their sound on “Montreux.” The banjo and guitar meld together along with the warm vocal harmonies. They close with “Across The Universe” which is a catchy song with deep percussion that is juxtaposed against airy elements. This song in particular reminded me of The Beatles.
The band showcases its diversity with these songs but also builds a foundation. It’s not an easy feat. Suffice it to say that this is a band that should have a much bigger audience. Highly recommended
We are dedicated to informing the public about the different types of independent music that is available for your listening pleasure as well as giving the artist a professional critique from a seasoned music geek. We critique a wide variety of niche genres like experimental, IDM, electronic, ambient, shoegaze and much more.
Are you one of our faithful visitors who enjoys our website? Like us on Facebook