31 July 2016
Eve Maret - Say So
Welcome to another submission post, this time we are back over in Nashville once more and it is time to listen to the music of Eve Maret. From what I can remember, this album was submitted as a comment on my review of 'The Mirror Is A Personal Hell' by Lucy Stoner (review cleverly linked here). As I have seen the name Eve Maret mentioned by MPGExperts as well, I have a feeling that Ms Maret must be part of the same exotic music set which is currently brewing in the state of Tennessee. Apart from that, there is not much that I can gather from her Bandcamp page - apart from one thing, this album is made up of a collection of songs that were composed between 2013 to 2016. So, with very little to go on, let us see how this album sounds......
Starting off this album is "Everything About Me Is Creepy" which sounds like a brief instrumental from the start of a horror movie or an abstract comedy involving people you would associate with the BBC TV series 'The League of Gentlemen'. However, much like the introduction to a TV show, the music is incredible short and is over before it really starts for me. "528 hz" is an atmospheric piece that is once again all too brief, mixing together the styles of Cocteau Twins, Ben Howard and sounds like the desert winds are swirling around you. But as it is almost at its peak, the song is already ending and you are heading towards the next song. The music is good once again, but even with this being the second longest piece of music, it is still a sub-three-minute piece and it needed a little longer to grow for me. "Hold feel give" is a low, reverbing piece of music that is extremely heavy on the lower end of the musical spectrum and the vocals on the mix I have click all over the place as if there is a jump on that section of the song - yet the music stays on its constant course. Again (as is the pattern for this record), it is far too short and it could have been taken in a few directions, but that is only my own opinion. The fourth track is called "You Can't Run from Yourself", a track with vocals that drift around like a minimalist Julia Holter which follows the pattern of the rest of the album - it sounds good and it is over far too soon. "Gregorian Pant" is an instrumental that drifts around with light synth noises coming to the forefront every now and then. It is another interesting concept that would work a lot better if it was longer as it could have expanded into something like a track by The Orb. It has potential, but it does need more time to expand.
"It's A Bobby Trap" follows that similar short pattern of the album, with a guitar and vocal focused track that loops around you like a brief mist and vanishes just as quick as well. It sounds once more like we are being introduced to an idea and it is only given a fleeting glimpse before returning to the shadows. "Sea Cow" is closely akin to the sound from the underground of Nashville that I have become accustomed to over the last year or so; it is a slowed down, droning, messed up piece of of sound and it is also the second longest song on offer here at three minutes & eighteen seconds long. This song is given time to grow and it is an interesting piece of atmospheric drone, something that some of the other songs on here could have benefited from. "By Yer Side" is the eighth number on the album, this one is more minimalist noise with clinking percussion, sparse electronica and modified vocals. It is another song that could have done with some expansion. It has a messed up country & western vibe to the sound, something so off the wall and subverted - just a little too short. The penultimate song is called "Voice Only", it is based on looping vocals and reverb from a guitar that could have led to some Sunn O)))/Holter hybrid, once more the idea is over before it can truly unfold, but even though it is another brief piece of music. The album ends with the longest song on the album, "6 16"; or it would have been if the song was full of music - the sound cuts off around one thirty mark and it goes on for just under another two minutes. The music itself is in keeping with the album, it is sounds like the formation of an idea and then it is over once again all too soon. But somehow like the rest of the album, the music does not disappoint - it is just (like the others) a short piece of music.
The best way I can describe this album is that it is a prologue, the genesis point, the start of a journey. The songs are all well played, yet they are incredibly short and could benefit from being given a little longer in the world. However, they are also beautiful little stone of musicial joy that are performed incredibly well. But because of the shortness of the songs, I cannot give it a higher mark; but that does not mean I do not see potential in the music as there is an originality and beauty to the pieces on offer here, something that could be returned to and explored on further releases. The atmospheric music that is created here is something that normally would lend itself to longer passages, but Eve Marter has went for a Discharge/Descendents punk, smash 'n' grab time signature & length which gives the feeling of either a short attention span or a desire for things to be kept simple and neat - either way, it is not quite there. Also, I want it to be know that I do not think it is a bad album as the music is good, I just see these songs as ideas to be expanded upon; good ideas, just needed a little more time. So, in conclusion - I like this album, it has some fine ideas and the music is good and the structures start off spot on, it is just needing a little longer for the sound to grow.
6.5 out of ten - Now I see where you were going, but it is not quite there.
Top track - 528 hz
You can purchase Say So from the Eve Maret Bandcamp page here
At the time of writing, there is no Facebook page & Say So is not on streaming sites.
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