Mamie Davis is a young artist who is isn’t even out of high school yet but is making some waves in the music scene. She already opened up for the popular indie rock/country band Drive-By Truckers and has released some music. Her latest entitled Holding the Big Chickens Now is an indie rock album that is a testament to her talent. The music isn’t the most technically impressive thing in the world but it doesn’t have to be. There is a lot of charm throughout the album that focuses on songwriting, which reminded me of Courtney Barnett in a number of ways.
Davis writes lyrics that seem well beyond her years. She avoids clichés and is even able to be very well aware of who she was as a person just a few years back. I was quite impressed time and time again. Besides the lyrics, the timbre, inflection and tone of her voice represent myriad of emotions. Take for instance the opener “Him.”
Her voice can change from soulful to fragile and broken within a couple of syllables. Ultimately, it is her vocals that make this album stand out from a run of the mill indie rock record. That being said the music does its part to support her voice. It’s simple yet effective.
There is also quite a bit of variety on the album. “Mannequin” is a fun slow moving rocker while “Visions” is a minimalistic song that revolves around clean guitar picking and an exceptional vocal performance. I would also make sure not to miss the dissonant “Transition Song” which segues into the impressive second half. “Last Cigarette” and “Empty” were highlights.
I would say Davis has a promising career in music. To display not only this amount of musical talent but also an awareness of how to pull it off at this young age is rare. Cheers.
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