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 review, I’m going to be delving into ‘A Million Little Moments,’ the upcoming EP from Maria Kheyfets, a Russian pianist and singer-songwriter. Her sound is self-described ‘romantic vintage pop complemented by mystical lyrics and jazzy soundscapes.’ It’s a sound heavily inspired by both the old and the new - from Leonard Cohen to Lana Del Rey, Kheyfets has a fairly expansive musical palette that lends itself well to her own sound. Let’s dig into ‘A Million Little Moments.’
The title track opens the EP with graceful force. Kheyfets remarks how she has some classical training and influence, and that shows in her piano compositions. The opener has a pop sensibility to it that makes Kheyfets’ sound instantly likable. It’s infectiously catchy, well-penned, and well-produced. In fact, the minimalist endeavor compliments her remarkably well.
‘Lover Won’t You Come Over Tonight’ also embraces some pop influence, but its tinged with R&B and jazz as well. It’s a massive sonic contrast to Kheyfets’ sound on the title tune. Layered vocals cascade over one another in beautiful harmony on this track, making it absolutely mesmerizing.
‘Verona’ pivots again with a hauntingly soft landscape that lends itself wonderfully to Kheyfets’ voice. “Take me back to Verona,” Kheyfets croons over a sparse acoustic arrangement that grows as the song does. At the end of the EP, the collection is wrapped up with a Del Rey cover - ‘Young and Beautiful.’ The composition incorporates a stunning cello piece as well. Kheyfets does well with it, though Del Rey is pretty hard to beat with this tune.
‘A Million Little Moments’ is nothing short of exceptional. Each of the four tracks provides deeper insight into the compelling persona Kheyfets has unveiled with this record. It’s very much worth your time to dive deep into - it’s a record that’ll be just as entertaining now as it will be a year from now. Most indie records don’t hold up like that.