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EP Review: Mychelle – “Someone Who Knows”

The Hackney-born singer-songwriter and guitarist Mychelle lets the world into her soul with her sophomore EP ‘Someone Who Knows. Six luscious tracks spanning sounds and influences from indie-pop, R&B, soul, to acoustic folk; the introspective collection sees the Idris Elba-endorsed musician bring her therapeutic soundscapes to life one year after her acclaimed debut EP ‘Closure’.

Starting with gentle stylings with her opening “Pressure,” Mychelle blends echoing beats and a melodic lilting piano-tinged instrumental that is underpinned by her sultry and bold vocals. Written during the lockdown, the opener delves into the lofty expectations we place upon ourselves as the emerging talent reminds herself and us not to put too much pressure on ourselves. 

The uplifting production is accompanied by a music video which further elevates the indie-pop and trip-hop layered track. Directed by Ivor Alice, the cinematic visuals sees Mychelle make herself at home in a remote area brimming with nature, perfectly embodying the calm and reprieve she is trying to capture with the message of the track. By the end of the video, the message is clear, as she gives us space to escape from the confines of expectation we put on ourselves by taking a moment to indulge in the calm and tranquillity around and within us.

The following track “Promises” continues to stretch the meditative feel of the opening track with her honeyed voice resting over muted sonic textures which gives off a soulful, jazzy vibe before the acoustic folk sensibilities of “Younger Self”. Throughout the EP, she showcasing her ability to carry the intimate tales nestled within heartfelt lyricism across vastly different sonic arrangements, her  powerful voice moves from emotive and soothing on “Younger Self,” to something more sensual and expressive on “Forbidden Fruit,” featuring singer ENNY. 

Consistently switching up genres and sounds across six tracks that move smoothly across optimism and introspection, Mychelle delivers guitar-tinged “Lose,” before stripping back on the minimal yet uber impactful demo of final track “Lifeboat,” rooted in her husky vocal lines and acoustic guitars with an ethereal chorus to heighten things and leave us wanting more.

With touches of neo-soul harkening to the likes of India ArieTweet and Vivian Green, while also allowing her to experiment with bolder genres of trip-hop to build a unique and versatile sound of her own, this latest EP acts as a pathway into her first ever headline show, taking place at The Lexington on May 31st – delivering new fans an enchanting glimpse of her ever-evolving, cathartic music and bringing her adoring crowds another transportive body of work to fall in love with.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐

Words by Malvika Padin

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