Caitlin Purvis is a singer-songwriter located in Vancouver, Canada, who, in her debut release titled Wasting Days, offers her listeners a diverse collection of songs that, although are simple in structure and instrumentation, come across as exceptionally authentic and barren, thereby allowing her audience to easily internalize and understand the messages that she puts forth. In just five songs, I believe Caitlin demonstrates her ability to fluidly extend across a couple of closely related genres (folk, pop, and some soul) in an eloquent and natural manner.
It is honestly refreshing to receive an album so simple; although the style of music Caitlin makes certainly restricts itself purely by being so acoustic and raw by nature, she surely makes the most of it and uses the restrictions to her advantage. The consistent combination of uncomplicated and smooth instrumentals under her prominently featured voice allows for a sense of continuity throughout the album, regardless of the slight changes in genre. However, I would recommend that Caitlin attempt to vary her vocal delivery a bit to occasionally change things up in that regard. She sounds like she has found a comfortable niche that clearly works, however I think she could begin to distinguish herself, as I’m sure she wants to, if she just attempts to look a little further.
In terms of production, it is pretty spot on. Caitlin’s vocals sound excellent from beginning to end, and all of the instrumentation sounds wonderfully and sits in the mix pretty flawlessly. It certainly allows the album to have the warm, cozy feel that it does, and as such, permits the music to articulate itself in its most proper fashion.
Although basic, there is more than meets the eye (or ears?) on this album, and I credit the production for simultaneously subtly utilizing so many musical elements and recognizing Caitlin’s voice as the focal point of the album, allowing everything else to gracefully fall under it.
It is also obvious that this album was written during a difficult time in Caitlin’s life. Songs such as “Wasting Days” and “Leaving Today” are nice examples of the more heartfelt/emotional approach demonstrated by Purvis. The melancholy nature of Wasting Days is articulated in an interesting way, as, if one were to just listen to the instrumentals of most of the tracks, they would not necessarily glean just how somber this collection of tunes can be. I would say that this is a very strong first release, and if Purvis ends up making the decision to explore more sides of herself and her songwriting, I can see a lot of people really digging her sound. As is, the album is very enjoyable, however I do believe that Caitlin has the potential to go even further and reach a wider audience than Wasting Days seems aiming to attract.
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