Label: Latent Recordings - LATEXCD32 • Format: CD Album Digi-pak Album • Country: Canada • Genre: Folk, World, & Country •
Ward's Island native Ivy Mairi's soulful voice rings strong on her second release. By Robin Hatch. No Talker is the second and latest release from local songstress Ivy Mairi. The album was partially inspired by cellist, composer, and singer Anne Bournea long-time influence on Mairi; the songstress also cites Neil Young and British singer Shirley Collins as inspirations. No stranger to the Toronto scene, Mairi is part of the cast of musicians involved in Bruce Peninsulaand has also lent her voice to Isla Craig and to indie bands like Entire Cities.
On this album, she is joined by backup musicians Lucas Gadke and Michael Brushey, who lend a soulful, blues-y feel to the songs. While bass and drums at times seem sparse, it is interesting to hear more supplemental use of instruments, without them overshadowing the solo feel of the album. No Talker through its timbre alone advances a narrative, with the calmer, more bucolic early tracks building up to Empty Hands - John Cougar Mellencamp - The Lonesome Jubilee soulful tunes, as though Mairi is coming out of her shell throughout the course of the album.
No Talker effectively balances more traditional, vocal-driven I Can See You - Ivy Mairi - No Talker with seemingly incongruous, technical classical melodic elements. Click here to learn more.
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