A stunning debut album with a fervent arc, Coming of Age by Elizabeth Owens tells the tale of a princess's awakening. Combining psychedelic folk and rock, each track layers a new meaning to the next. The first time I heard the opening song, "5Am" I got chills down my spine. As we journey alongside the princess from pain and heartache with "Growing Pain/ Interlude" and "Try" to an effervescent hope of "Be Better," Owens craftily paints us the portrait of a feminist fairytale.
From the first cheery ukulele strum, this song is like a drink of water. Yaniza’s twinkling, bright vocals against a lush natural backdrop make her video for "Fly Away (Free Bird)" a refreshing musical feat. At once invigorating and zen, Yaniza’s confidence as a singer and songwriter beams in this song, whose style shares the charm and whimsy of artists like Lenka and Lykke Li. Perhaps the most refreshing thing about "Fly Away (Free Bird)" is the purity of it. An uncomplicate
The new single, "Your Way," by Francie is a peaceful, beautiful listen. The simple guitar strums help illuminate the soft and melancholic vocals, highlighting the dichotomy between love and loss. Francie then introduces an edge to the song with a transition from a simple acoustic guitar to a more complex arrangement at the bridge. The shift perfectly fits the tonal change in lyrics as she says, “I never told you the way I feel now/Something has frozen in my veins…/You seem ve