O'ra Brigit is singer/songwriter from London who released a three song self-titled EP. The songs revolve around her soft yet technically impressive guitar playing, her vocals and occasional orchestral strings. I need a lot of talent to be impressed with this overused combo that too often sounds like an open mic session. Luckily, I was was for a number of reasons.
She has a fantastic voice and the recording captured all the nuance and emotion you hope to hear with this style of music. The recording is warm, melancholy and very intimate sounding.
She opens with the exceptional “Wild Horses”. She sings “This virgin is not pure That’s the only thing about her they seem sure of She lives in the corner of my eye I can’t meet her gaze and I can’t look away”. There are two simultaneous guitar parts that complement each. At around a minute and half in we are introduced to orchestral strings which add another layer of solace. I was a big fan after this heartfelt song and was the highlight for me.
“The Goddess” is just guitar and vocals. Her guitar playing is solid and singing is wonderful; The lyrics seems to revolve around our connection to nature. She sings “In the springtime he’ll be the morning dew/In the springtime she’ll be the sky so blue/In the springtime I’ll melt like the snow/Spread my wings, into a goddess I will grow”
She closes with “Opal” which seemed to have the most straightforward lyrics about despondence and our connections to other people.
This EP was very enjoyable but also an appetizer. There is a ton to appreciate and am excited to hear what else she has in store for us.
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