Katie Leitner, Max Harrison and Desirée Richardson are Say Femme. The trio formed in 2018 and recently released their first EP entitled Souvenirs. They state, “the EP celebrates strong women, breaking glass ceilings and smashing stereotypes juxtaposed with songs about depression, heartbreak and the perils of chasing perpetual youth.” It should also be noted the music is strongly influenced by their musical backgrounds.
The music to my ears is often catchy and just a pleasure to listen to. There is a delightful palette of warm colors and tones stitched through these songs. They get going with “Better” where you are greeted with hypnotic piano melodies, guitar, bass, drums and even banjo. The vocals are heartfelt, strong and passionate. There is this little hint of ’80s pop in the mic which I thought sounded great. The chorus is certainly hopeful sounding from the lyrics and melody but there is also this undercurrent of pensive thought. There is also the killer build a little before the two-and-a-half-minute mark.
The band has more success with “Layla Jean.” There is some fantastic vocal work on this from the lead to the harmonies. I again heard this little tinge of ’80s pop perhaps mixed with that theatrical flair.
The title track “Souvenirs” is the arguable highlight. I have to point out the vocal work again on this song which is top notch. The theatrical element feels more overt on this song. There is a breakdown section around the one-minute mark where the vocals have enough affectation that I thought it could be in a play.
“Doubt” is perhaps the most poppy sounding song. It’s again very warm and easy on the ears. They pick up the pace on “Don’t Wake Me Up.” There are some great grooves on this song. The organ and keys sound especially good. There is even some spoken word,
This is a great EP. The talent of the trio really shines through. I became a fan. Take a listen.
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