Nineteen-year-old Emily Laliotis’ debut album, ‘Single Step’ needs to be heard by a whole lot more people. It’s crazy good and her style is absolutely refreshing.
She likes to think of her music as her contemporary folk superpower (to be used only for good) and what a superpower it is. The 13-track album features beautiful harmonies with sparse instrumentation, it’s just Emily’s voice and her guitar.
The album’s second track, ‘Darlene’ was actually the first song I heard from Emily and that was what convinced me I had to listen to the entire thing. Another favourite track of mine is ‘New Eyes’, it’s just the way she delivers each note.
Listening to ‘Single Step’ I’m hit with a wave of nostalgia, it’s very reminscent of some of the music from the 90s, at some points, I pick up the 90s Alanis Morrisette. Not necessarily from the lyrics, but her style, her passion, her vocals.
What I also love about this album are the melodies, they are like a cool breeze brushing against your face with the simple strum of her guitar, her voice, her words which leave you in a dreamlike wonder.