When I first heard Debs McCoy’s music about a year ago, I was struck by its gentle honesty and beautiful simplicity.
Now she has released her second solo album, and I am pleased to say she hasn’t lost her touch. Not only that, but she has honed her skills – the production has improved, but at the same time she has managed to stick to her roots. None of the emotion is lost, as so often happens as musical careers progress. She pulls you into her world and suddenly you are within her songs. She makes you listen, really listen.
Propagate, the first song on the album, showcases Debs’ unique vocals over strings and guitar, and a quiet, almost jazz like beat, but (happily for me), with none of the mismatching that so often seems to accompany jazz music. “I talk in rhyme, I talk of dreams, I talk of things unseen.” is spoken at intervals throughout the song. I wonder what Debs’ dreams are, and what she hasn’t seen…
Beauty, Majesty and Drama is the cool air, the low sun and the fallen leaves of Autumn.
Debs is, for me, at her best when she sits at a piano and sings… Ruben provides this. I adore this song, and could listen over and over again without ever being bored. Simply beautiful.
The title track is rich, mesmerising, simple and interesting. I’d love to know how Debs achieves that balance, but then I’d be the one making music!
“Unravel the mind, a metre beneath
Kindness of looks, from eyes not beast
Out into day, step down, concrete shelf
I turn to bid him well
He smiles to himself
I am alone with this, prolonged”
It’s the perfect song to take the listener from the first CD of the album into the five instrumental tracks on the second CD. I love this idea – classical music is to be celebrated, and Debs does this with her modern, gentle influence.
The Lake is my favourite from the second part of the album. Close your eyes, breathe it in, feel yourself relax with the music surrounding you. I’m moved to tears. Music that can induce such strong emotion needs to be heard.
I am so excited to hear what else Debs has in her musical repertoire – she has an extremely promising future.
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