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Freya Roy – Tomorrow EP Review

Only a teenager, Freya Roy is producing music that would be expected of someone double her age. Her voice has a quality in it that adds years to her vocals. Her lyrics aren’t simple, they aren’t ‘pop’ song lyrics. They have meaning and an understanding of the world which would be mistaken for someone twice her age. Freya Roy is a solo artist with a huge amount of potential and as she is still very young, her music will flourish as she does.

After releasing her debut EP in December 2012, Wait In The Water, she has returned with her latest EP release, Tomorrow. Tomorrow is just as awe-inspiring as Wait In The Water.

Track one Not Forgotten sees Roy experiment with a pop/jazz guitar riff using reverb overlapping with and complimenting the rhythm guitar which also uses the reverb effect. Knowing that Roy uses a loop peddle when performing live gives this song an extra boost – it’s perfect for a loop peddle. On Not Forgotten, Roy sings about a love lost, perhaps a torturous love which can damage the way someone thinks. It’s a song about breaking free from something that’s bad for you and pushing all those bad thoughts away while remembering what you have to look forward to, “Invest my mind with the stars that you gave me/There are in my head rotten at the core…Not forgotten I will not forget/The shine’s still shining in my head…Nothing better than a memory in my head/Keep them in front whilst you’re ahead”. Not Forgotten is a song about remembering the bad times,  appreciating the not so good memories, and moving forward. Roy’s vocals on this track are outstanding, there’s little control but this is what makes it so fantastic. Her voice ascends and descends showcasing so much emotion. Her voice has definitely matured in the last year. Not Forgotten is another example of Roy’s ability to write lyrics as if she has a whole life-time of experiences and wisdom.

I Know It’s Alright is another favourite off the Tomorrow EP. It starts as a solemn number with Roy’s vocals having a vague resemblance to Patti Smith’s deeper tones until the chorus kicks in and Roy finds her distinctive voice again. The lyrics, “I know it’s alright/When the rays are in my eyes/When the sun shine is so bright/I know it’s alright/When the tears dry from your eyes/When the sun shine is so bright” are incredibly memorable and singable as well as being uplifting and meaningful. This song has a really good feeling about it – the guitar riffs are summery, meditative and totally relaxing which all aids this good feeling.

Sunrise sees Roy experiment with her vocal range with the chorus able to send shivers down your spine. Roy expresses so much with her voice so her accompanying music can be kept simple. I See is a jazz influenced song with plenty of jazz guitar and jazz singing. It’s really uplifting and has some wonderfully calming harmonies.  It’s the penultimate track before Not Too Much Not Too Little comes in with its Jeff Buckley inspired sad tones.

The sound of the guitar on this record is very similar to the sounds achieved by Michael Kiwanuka – it has the jazz/folk/soul 70s feel to it. The whole EP has a familiar sound to it with influences from the likes of Patti Smith (vocals only), Michael Kiwanuka (guitar/stylistic qualities), Van Morrison and John Mayer (soul/jazz riffs). There is even a slight reminiscence of Jeff Buckley in some of the guitar riffs and tones.

Tomorrow is another marvelous release from Freya Roy. She is outstanding for her age – her wisdom, talent and view of life is much above most people at her age. This is an EP that everyone should take at least one listen of. It will open your eyes to the true talent that’s out there.

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Freya Roy – Wait In The Water EP

On your first listen of Freya Roy, your heart will melt as you listen to that mature voice, the relaxing guitar riffs and the intricate lyrics. Her songs ooze intelligence and understanding. And for her to only be sixteen with this level of talent makes this EP even more breath-taking.

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Young singer/songwriter, Freya Roy

At sixteen, Freya Roy is producing music that would be expected of someone double her age. Her voice has a quality in it that adds years to her vocals. Her lyrics aren’t simple, they aren’t ‘pop’ song lyrics. They have meaning and an understanding of the world which would be mistaken for someone twice her age. Freya Roy is a solo artist with a huge amount of potential and at only sixteen, her music will flourish as she does.

Wait In The Water is her debut EP released in December last year on her independent music label, FCR Records. Every track is memorable, every song has something that makes it stick in your memory. She’s not an artist you can passively listen to. Her voice enchants you, her lyrics tease you and the music relaxes you. Freya Roy is a wonderful musician who knows how to blend everything together to make fantastic and flawless folk-inspired songs.

Title track, Wait In The Water, breaks you into the EP with soft vocals and a peaceful guitar riff. Straight away, you would not guess this singer/songwriter is sixteen. Her vocals are perfection in this track.

Do You See is another great song on the EP. The lyrics, “Do you really see what I mean but they say no. They do wear those eyes that look down on you alone…” shows her ability to put her own experiences into beautiful and deep song writing. A skill that many musicians never quite manage to this extent.

Take the Ground Away is the best track on the EP though. It has brilliant, philosophical lyrics at the beginning about trust, “Takes years to build trust and seconds to break/Do those around you say that it’s a promise they can make/Just lie under the open sun, smile oh you must/Stay close to the ground as it’s the only thing you can trust…” I find it amazing that a sixteen year old understands life in the way Freya Roy appears to. She has an intelligence and ability in song writing that is so much older than her actual age. She fascinates me. If you like Regina Spektor, you’ll love Take the Ground Away. The piano is influenced by Spektor’s style and the vocals are also sung in a similar way and range. It’s dark and reminds me of Regina Spektor’s, Laughing With.

Not only does Freya Roy produce a wonderfully blissful studio recording, she is also spectacular live. When performing live, she uses a loop peddle to achieve the dynamic effect of the EP. She is definitely a musician to watch out for this year. You can watch her performing live below:

To find out more about this artist, visit her website here.

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