Emily Jean Flack – delicious, folky pop with ‘Another Year Gone By’

‘Another Year Gone By’ is the opening track and first single from Canadian singer songwriter Emily Jean Flack’s debut EP. And what a single it is, light, delicate, and airy, atmospheric and evocative in equal measure, the opening gentle piano chords, pipes, and keys perfectly accentuating Flack’s stunning voice. A mixture of Canadian and Celtic influences, Flack’s vocal is a thing of utter beauty, high yet never shrill, resonant and warm yet gossamer and glasslike at the same time. There’s a touch of Clannad’s Moya Brennan to the delivery, colourful, sweet, and with a dynamic range that seems effortless.

‘Another Year Gone By’ is stripped back, traditional instrumentation sitting hand-in-glove with a totally modern contemporary folk feel, those elements of Celtic pop mixing with the storytelling lyrics to perfectly showcase Flack’s raw, melodic versatility and panache.

You can hear ‘Another Year Gone By’, and the rest of the ‘Throwing Shapes’ EP, on Spotify; follow Emily Jean Flack here or on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

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