KFC and Coca-Cola may have secret recipes, however, the secret to good music is well known.
It vibrates from the lyrics, melodies and presentation. It’s distinguishable in genres not to your taste.
The debut EP Silent Echoes by Claire Soukup is created from a place of unbridled truth. You can hear it in her enticing, soul enriched vocals.
With an artist name which seems to natural associate with ‘soul’, Claire Soukup (Claire Eloise Soukup) introduced her soul-based five-track. Where some newcomers have launched with a highly-polished release, Claires’ sounds raw and experimental.
The Swedish singer-songwriter is undoubtedly on a journey of experimentation, and her debut opens with the EP’s jazz-fused – I Go (Still Here). My fave on the EP it stands out with Claires heartfelt lyrics and layered with soft harmonies.
Claire’s self-penned words emit an unquestionable, unvarnished truth, and yet a sense of an undeveloped concept comes across in the darkly produced single – Too Deep. And despite the enjoyability of the sweet, beat-driven – Don’t Kill the Moneymaker, the same feeling remains.
Sadly, what began so engagingly, by the EP’s end, feels disjointed and disorientating. Claire’s sublime vocals become swept up in the musicality like a leaf in a strong wind.
This is an EP born from pure, creative expression, and though it may not have fully resonated with myself, Claire’s vocals certainly did.
Truth always shines through.
An EP born from pure, creative expression.