‘Far From Home’ debut EP from Kelly Oliver – definitely one to watch(November 29, 2013)
Singer-songwriter Kelly Oliver delivers traditional and self-penned songs across a combination of guitar and harmonica-led tunes. With themes ranging from acutely observational to intensely personal and a voice that is rich and natural, silvered and sensuous, her debut EP ‘Far From Home’ will seduce your ears.
Often, I hear new artists and feel they deserve wider appreciation, from time to time that happens and then sometimes I’m left wondering why not. Little need for conjecture here. I’m willing to bet that for Kelly Oliver and ‘Far From Home’ wider recognition will come at pace.
The eponymous opener ‘Far From Home’ is both lyrically and musically inspired. The lusciously simple guitar flows across beautifully-delivered, expressive lyrics to steal you away, and then the harmonica kicks in and you’re gone. Frequently, harmonica-cuts add a strident, often angry impact to reinforce lyrical angst, not here. This time they add a soft, almost mournful edge to create a flawless song. Kelly also tells uncompromising tales like ‘Keilan Are You Coming’ with its powerful sense of longing and sadness tinged with resigned acceptance and ‘Grandpa Was A Stoker’, a deeply affecting narrative about leaving home to endure the grindingly hard life below decks – once again with superb harmonica breaks. Then there’s the tantalising essence of ‘He Walked On The Side Of The Sea’with its immediate hook - Kelly’s voice cascades through the story soaring on an enchanting melody - if ever there was a single-in-waiting this is it.
Remember you read it here - if you add any music to your ‘wish list’ make it this one. The five original songs on ‘Far From Home’ reflect an artist you should remember - definitely not one to ignore. Should you do so, one day in the future you will give yourself a severe kicking for missing what will become a folk landmark. And I exaggerate not.
Find Kelly and 'Far from Home' here: www.kellyoliver.co.uk
Reviewer: Tim Carroll