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Miwa Gemini
This Is How You Found Me
Addicted Records
www.miwagemini.com


Miwa's vocals have a lingering roll like a rich syrupy-glaze dripping out with a smooth creamy sheen, and rippling vectors of serenity and distraught. The melodies on her latest album This Is How You Found Me, released by the Canadian indie label Addicted Records, range in mood swings from feeling in love to feeling the distress that comes with the painful thorns of love's lies. There is something simple about Miwa's songs, but also complex about her spacious melodies. The emotional entanglements portrayed in her lyrics reveal deep scars as they are shrouded in softly stroked guitar and keyboard melodies performed by Miwa and gentle drum loops played by Brian Lackey. The songs have a melodic luster that is reminiscent of France's torchlight singer Lise Darly and the folk-pop lyricism of The Corrs' Andrea Corrs. Miwa's vocal style is equally classic as it is modern, reminiscent of Westside Story's Natalie Wood and modern day vocalist Emily Haines.

The fairy-tale aura of "Picnic" reminds me of the actress Lesley Caron who played the main character in the movie Gigi about a young girl who has nothing in her head but daydreams and love in her eyes. Miwa turns the tide on "Traveling Man" strapping the melody with a traditional country fare of old west movie tones and a sultry vocalese. Miwa reverts back to a cozy lullaby texture filling the atmospheres of "Ordinary People" and "Angel's Prayer" displaying willowy vocals as soft and empyreal as heaven's clouds. She picks the tempo up a notch on "Pieces" and "Crazy Over You" wielding an ambient-pop glow with folk-pop fringes seaming the sonic tapestries. Her voice resonates with a torchlight brightness on "Forever For Never" and "Room Of You" which features dainty interludes of the mandolin played by Miwa. The final track "Paperwhites" is a low burning melody with spacious guitar strokes woven around Miwa's gentle vocals making the tune as pretty as it can be.

Granted, Miwa's album is all feminine and soft and would not appeal to those who want everything in life to be done fast and furious. She reminds us to stop and live in our daydreams for a while. Her music allows us to escape from the tribulations of reality and having to deal with the pangs of dejection. Her music exudes compassion which alone makes her album This Is How You Found Me memorable. If angels could sing, I expect that they would sound like Miwa.

-Susan Frances


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