Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this evening’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on Correigh, a female vocalist from the UK that performs and collaborates with her musical partner Ben Amesbury. She has a new EP that dropped several months ago called ‘Under The Influence,’ a four track collection of covers doused in Correigh’s unique style. The music was debuted in Ibiza over the summer and throughout an array of other notable venues. How does Correigh stack up to her indie music counterparts, though? Is the EP worth your download? Let’s dig into it and find out.
‘Don’t Panic’ makes a bold statement right out of the gate by covering a Coldplay track. Putting aside the fact that Coldplay is one of the more divisive acts amongst music fans, Correigh’s rendition of their track is rather splendid. It’s a highly atmospheric romp through slick electronic orchestration and lovely vocals. Correigh commands excellent presence over the soundscape, and it’s arguably more digestible and intriguing than Coldplay’s original track.
‘Chop Suey’ follows, a System of a Down cover. Again, Correigh manages to separate herself elegantly from the original track, carving out her own unique space to explore the subject matter. For a cover of a heavy metal act, Correigh’s ‘Chop Suey’ is surprisingly mellow. The vocalist is accented by electronic orchestration that really embraces a level of brevity - it centers itself around Correigh’s performance and works to not overpower her. It keeps her music from sounding over-produced, I'd argue.
Out of all the tracks on the EP, ‘We’re On Our Way’ makes the most stylistic sense for Correigh. Lana Del Ray is somewhat similar in vocal style and cadence, so the track is, as I expected, a natural fit for Correigh. Her interpretation of the tune is very soulful, which in truth, surprised me given Correigh is billed primarily as an act for big party festivals. Typically music within that community is inundated by intense production, losing track of its emotion.
Correigh closes her EP with ‘Black Moon,’ the best track of the four. This is a Wilco cover on an electronic album with a female vocalist. How absolutely, fantastically cool is that?! More so, ‘Black Moon’ is a rather obscure Wilco tune in the grand scope of the band’s catalog. Correigh handles it masterfully, offering a fantastic rendition that's a massive contrast to the original recording.
‘Under The Influence’ is an excellent pop-oriented electronic record with intriguing covers. I’ve never heard Wilco, Coldplay, System of a Down, and Lana Del Ray all so perfectly in harmony with one another. If you’re a fan of any of those acts, you owe it to yourself to check out what Correigh is doing. There will be a link to the album stream below…