Natalie Holmes I stumbled across a few years ago, and she’s come on leaps and bounds since then. My collection is graced with her first EP, ‘The Simplest Things’ and is soon to be joined by her second one ‘Child’ (it’s so new that currently it’s only available on iTunes, so I’m waiting for the physical copies to be available on her Bandcamp page).
Her songwriting is very real and honest, and I think the real beauty in her work comes from its simplicity. The sound on ‘The Simplest Things’ is very much acoustic, with guitar and piano forming the majority of the accompaniments. The lead vocals are stunning; she negociates her range impressively with a lovely, gentle tone as she reaches the highest notes. Each song is complimented well by the backing vocals, my favourite moments being in ‘Backwards’ during the final choruses.
Of course, I can’t introduce Natalie without mentioning her YouTube channel. She’s clocked up over 1,000,000 views and it’s not hard to see why. Both her covers and originals are always a pleasure to listen to, and her very genuine personality shines through in her videos. I love the fact that she covers a lot of other YouTube artists too, and doesn’t just pick a song because of its popularity at the time.
Lying in bed, ill after catching something rather nasty during my time in India, I was dozing whilst listening to my rather eclectic music collection. It dawned on me how many great artists there are I’ve managed to stumble across that some of you may not have had the chance to find yet! This is me giving you that opportunity.
P.S. You can thank me later 😉
So without further ado, here’s the first artist I will introduce to you: the wonderful Mree.
Mree (aka. Marie Hsiao) has to be one of the most talented musicians on YouTube. She records and produces her own music and her videos can be described as no less than works of art. Her debut album ‘Grow’ currently resides in my music collection, soon to be joined by her second album ‘Winterwell’ released on the sixth of this month which I can’t wait to get my hands on!
Her music is unique, often described as experimental folk, but I’m not big on genres so to me that doesn’t mean a whole lot! What draws me to her music, is not any of the labels that have been assigned to her, but the absolute beauty of her work. Each song is created, crafted and formed flawlessly, the vocals are absolutely stunning and the atmosphere of each song is simply immersive; you can lose yourself in her music for hours at a time.
She plays many of the instruments herself and the arrangements that she creates never disappoint. Something I have a definite soft spot for in any music is harmonies, and Mree definitely doesn’t let me down there. The vocal lines, counter melodies, harmonies and backing vocals fit so well together and send literal tingles down your spine!
Her YouTube channel I would describe as quality over quantity, and there is not a single video on there which is not worth a watch, so if you’ve got some spare time go check it out 🙂