Moving All Around (EP)
A Bright Young Artiste Not Locked Into Her Last Release.
Reviewing an EP of a mere three tracks isn’t really a fair way to give a considered opinion of an artist that I had not listened to previously; so before I heard the EP I made a point of listening to her last offering ‘The Weight Of Hope,’ which was certainly an album of ‘differing seasons,’ as she moved fairly effortlessly from Folk to Soul and some Rock too, with two or three really decent tracks and last but not least, a track of 50/50 French and English.
Versatile or what?
Although Hayley lives in Brighton and recorded her album in London she, like many other vocalists, has dipped into the styles of several female singers and I was interested to see what changes she has made since that album.
The title track is immediately on a totally different level to the album – a true Americana track, moody with big harmonic choruses and very catchy too – in my mind an absolute must for an opening track on a short EP. Definitely a step forward in terms of direction and possibly an indication of where Hayley sees her music going in the future.
Apparently, she has developed a real interest in photography from the American West; so that might be a clue (he says donning his Sherlock Holmes outfit).
‘All These Things’ is a much smoother and softer track and a bit dark and mysterious as she ponders ‘what is to become of us’.
The vagaries of a loving relationship and how emotions affect both parties to a differing degree abound.
The final track ‘Hope That I Am Wrong’ is practically an acoustic track, demonstrating the singer’s versatility as she reflects on life and ‘where she came from’.
A very pleasant ending to an all too short release.
In the current lockdown scenario the chances of seeing any live music gets smaller with each day and they would be even smaller with the distance between Brighton and the North East; but as and when (or if) she ever makes it to the far North I would certainly pay to see her.
Hayley Ross’s music has already been featured in ‘Orange Is The New Black’ and is a regular on BBC Radio 6, so having already released an album and EP in 202O, she is going the right way to ensure she doesn’t get forgotten.
Give this a whirl – I am sure you won’t be disappointed.
Review by ‘the original Rocking Magpie’ Mr Bill Redhead.
Released 9th November 2020
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