Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Quick Hitters:: Megan Hamilton See Your Midnight Breath in the Shipyard

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For some reason, I still thought of Megan Hamilton as the artist pumping out the quirky, country/folk tracks she delivered on her debut, The Feudal Ladies Club. I actually forgot about her shape shifting EP (How We Think About Light) and dramatic change in sound she underwent on some of those six songs.

If I had remembered, I probably wouldn't have been so shocked by her latest effort, See Your Midnight Breath in the Shipyard. Even then, Hamilton was working on darker (in my opinion Beach House) sounds, pushing the limits of her voice and escaping the comfort zone of the trademark country pop she delivered on her debut.

Even more has changed this time around for Hamilton. Some talented session musicians help her paint with bigger, bolder strokes and experiment with different sonic palettes. Gone is influence of the spacious fields of Saskatchewan and the restrictions of home recording and in their place is the comforts of being closer to home and the unending potential of recording in a professional studio. Working with familiar touch of co-producer Mark Vogelsang, Megan's songs are more mood driven and she lets her beautiful voice curl around the smokey melodies, adding just enough reverb and distortion to disrupt the calm (Sprout Through The Load).

She still relies on simple strums and structure (We All Love You), but seems more comfortable when things get a little louder and a little darker (Cat Leg Tail) and overall you feel a sense of confidence and assuredness with this record. Even when she drifts back to her country folk roots, it's with a fuller, stronger sound. For those of you that forgot about Megan, this might be a big jump in sound, but once you settle in, it's one you will certainly enjoy.

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