‘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.
Review by Alex Holmes