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 Independent Spotlight, we delve into an English singer songwriter, Natasha Tyrimos. Her new record is ‘All the Paper Planes,’ a twelve song jaunt through acoustic melodies and easy-listening vibes. For the purposes of the Spotlight, we’re going to be featuring the first half dozen songs off the record. Let’s dig right into them!
‘All the Paper Planes’ opens up with ‘Let It Go,’ a soft spoken pseudo-inspirational ballad that isn’t an Idina Menzel cover. (That’s probably worth mentioning consider ‘Let It Go’ is the basically the pop ballad of the decade thus far.) ‘If you’re in a rush or forget your key, and you need to get home so desperately, all you gotta’ do is let it go,’ Tyrimos croons over an acoustic soundscape. In particular, the song is well-suited for a melodious layering of Tyrimos’ vocals. She’s got a superb, very peaceful voice that lends itself very well to this style.
The witty execution of ‘Let It Go’ is somewhat departed from for ‘Nobody Knows,’ instead embarking on an introspective, piano-led ballad. ‘Nobody knows who we really are inside,’ Tyrimos delivers with painstaking beauty over a simplistic landscape. Once the percussion and string sections hit, ‘Nobody Knows’ defines itself as one of the best singer songwriter pieces of the year. Goodness, the production and delivery is impeccable.
The song title ‘You And Me’ has become a bit of a cliche in itself. Everyone from Dave Matthews to Pink has utilized it, and it typically denotes a carefree love ballad. That’s exactly what Tyrimos’ original of the same name is. It’s not particularly memorable, but it is catchy and has a pop sensibility to it that gives it a nice personality. It lacks the depth of the track following it, the atmospheric ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams.’ That tune may be the best of the six we’re covering; it’s complex layers build with elegant tact.
‘L.O.V.E,’ similar to ‘You And Me,’ does embrace cliches, but this time, to an extreme. Love is four letter word that changes the world, writing in the sand, laughing till’ you cry, etc. The song is a walking self parody of itself. Don’t get me wrong. It’s an endearing little tune that’s fun to listen to. It does, however, lack any real sense of originality. It’s a bunch of modern love song tropes thrown together.
Fortunately, the lyrical blunders of ‘L.O.V.E’ are mostly recovered by ‘Close Your Eyes,’ the final song I’m touching on here. That song is much more articulately written. It’s also a love song that doesn’t feel cliche or re-worked. Thus, based on these six tracks, ‘All the Paper Planes’ has the potential to be truly extraordinary. At times, Tyrimos falls victim to predictable songwriting tropes and parody-esque love quirks, but it’s also a wonderfully happy little record that has some intimate spaces and insightful areas. Check it out on Sound Cloud below and connect with Tyrimos on her social networking.