Further Away is the second EP from London-based singer-songwriter Melanie Crew. Recorded, mixed and produced by Ross Palmer, we are gifted six little slices of laid back acoustic mellowness. Each slice smothered with the delightful topping of Melanie’s clear, soulful voice.
Opener ‘Bring You Back’ sets the tone for the EP; slow, mellow and soulful. The gentle harmonies of ‘Parade’ really have you sinking back into your sofa, inwardly swaying along with the chorus. The slightly sinister ‘Ghost’ is carried along on some steady finger-picking and interesting chord phrases. The tempo is then lifted ever so slightly in ‘A Hundred Words’ and we get a glimpse of Melanie Crew’s potential with a band at her back. ‘All That I Want’ has a faint jazz feel to it that has me wishing for the more layered sound of a bigger band. Final track ‘Can’t Find A Way’ brings back some lovely memories of early 90s indie popsters The Sundays which, for me, can only be a good thing.
These songs all work very well together, showing off Melanie’s voice and songwriting ability. It’s easy to see why she’s getting some radio play from BBC 6 Music and BBC Kent. This is a real lazy Sunday afternoon of an EP but while I’m left wanting to hear more I can’t help thinking that the “more” I want should come in the form of layers, harmonies and simply, more band.
To check out more, visit Melanie Crew’s Bandcamp