Only You- Almost Autumn
I love it when I’m introduced to new music, so I’m always so grateful when artists and groups get in touch with me to check out their music. So I thought I would start writing about some of the music I’m being introduced to, so you can enjoy them as well!
Almost Autumn is a 20 year old singer/songwriter from Liverpool, who delivers fresh pop with a clean style, using guitar and synth, unique vocal style and honest lyrics. Her music is incredibly nostalgic for me, as her style an sound very reminiscent of female pop artists of the early-to-mid noughties, with the use of synth and quite breathy, pure vocal tone- yet her music still sounds fresh and current.
My current favourite track of hers happens to be her latest single ‘Only You’. I love music where artists lay their soul bare and their music is simply their thoughts and emotions put to music. Music from artists such as James Bay and Tom Odell have really dominated this style, with lyrics that are just raw honesty and from this I’ve found a whole range of emotion to relate to. The only drawback from these songs, is that they can get a little heavy to listen to after a while. However, in ‘Only You’, Almost Autumn, has managed to convey real emotion and feeling with her lyrics, which are so honest and open, yet the song is still upbeat and light-hearted with a real summer vibe.
On the subject of lyrics, I’m a huge fan of the lyrics in this song ‘Love’s a game, but life’s a party’ is definitely a favourite- I may have to get that tattooed somewhere. Her rap section is structured effectively both lyrically and rhythmically and the hint of a Liverpool accent here and there, for me, adds honesty and a uniqueness to her sound. It’s similar to what Taylor Swift has started doing in her songs, with a spoken section instead of a traditional middle 8. However, it has to be said, I much prefer Almost Autumn’s spoke section (sorry T-Swizzle fans), as you can hear her smile as she’s speaking and, again, it just sounds honest and fun, whereas Taylor can tend to sound bossy and just a little self-righteous- ok enough Taylor bashing for one day.
Let’s Sum it Up
From her quirky voice, to her open lyrics and clean pop style, Almost Autumn is definitely going to be featuring in my summer playlist this year. If there is anything I would say on improvement, it would be the use of the breathy effect in her voice. On certain words, it’s effective and adds some interesting texture to the vocals, but it runs the risk of being a little over-used where is may distract from the beautiful harmonies and lyrics- less is more. I think her sound and style fits with the current trends in the Top 40, yet is not a carbon copy of what is already available to us. I’m excited to watch her journey and I’ll be keeping an eye out for future tracks.
Click here to listen to ‘Only You’ by Almost Autumn
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