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Rhianna Larocque
Hotel Songs
(self-released)
www.rhiannalarocque.com


The music of folk-pop vocalist Rhianna Larocque recalls the strolling gait of Dido and the reflective themes analogous to Ani Difranco's songs evidenced in lyrics like, "Is it easy for you to walk away like you do / leave me alone / I don't think I'll ever know" from "Ever Know" on Larocque's new EP, Hotel Songs. Like the title of the album suggests these are songs that could be made while spending alone time in a hotel room. Produced by Marco Delmar (the producer of her debut recording, The Only Thing I Can Do), Hotel Songs is loaded with personal reflections and relatable sentimentality.

The drifting riffs of "I Care For You" have a contemplative vibe as her ruminations turn romantic, "I don't care for dark clouds / In the middle of June / But I care for you / When there's nothing left to say / I care for you / In my darkest of days." The thumping beats of "Anyway Anyhow" are glossed in comfy guitar strums and slight indentations in the vocals. Whereas "Hotel" has a country-folk hue with acoustics that flex and retract alternately as the lounging pulse of "Just For Awhile" bends to Larocque's vocal movements.

Rhianna Larocque's music is corniced in folk-pop trimmings and spawned from introspective musings. Influenced by The Spice Girls, Larocque's songs are based in comfy acoustics and made to affect the spirit to look inward to find the path to fulfillment.

-Susan Frances

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