Darling Cora is an indie folk-rock singer-songwriter from Toronto who recently released her debut self-titled five song EP Darling Cora. Cora unlike a surplus of singer-songwriter types goes at it with an electric guitar rather than an acoustic. On top of that she decorates the songs with bass and drums. Her voice is haunting and powerful. In some ways I was reminded of PJ Harvey when she sings.
The production of the EP still leaves some things to be desired. Some of the songs sounded a bit boxy while the guitar felt too distant in the mix. That being said the quality of the songs shines through. The first song “Charade” provides a good burst of visceral energy; her prolific lyrics give insights to an estranged relationship. She sings, “Couldn't you get to know me better by who I am today? You see, I can never let you know because the life behind me is gone, the life behind me is gone and dead.”
“After Midnight” is more melancholy as she sings about loss and separation. It’s a heartbreaking tale as she goes into detail about lonely nights. She sings, “Now I'm wallowing with a drink in my hand pretending I've got company. Swallowing swills of forgetfulness and numbing down toxic memories.”
“Two Lovers” is the most mysterious sounding song as tom drums pounce and a reverb laced guitar provide atmosphere. It almost sounds like a séance. A similar vibe is sustained on the closing track “Sugar.” “Sugar” also happens to be the most serene and beautiful song on the album.
Overall, this is a strong debut but I also feel like she is an artist who hasn’t reached her full potential. I predict good things to come if she continues on this trajectory. Recommended for fans of PJ Harvey, Fiona Apple and Tori Amos.
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