Some artists use continual shifts in musical technology to shatter the walls of musical convention, demanding attention for being “original.” Others, like Nashville’s Annie Williams, strive to use these advancements for flawless proportion in sound.
Stylistically speaking, Williams ultimately doesn’t achieve anything new with her latest EPs, This Mountain and Midnight Window. The physical duality of this release is the main divisor between the sets of generally similar tracks.
This Mountain and Midnight Window
Dive verdict: 3.5 of 5 stars
Williams coos about her adventures in the mountainous west, lyrically dabbling in themes of love and death. She’s one of those singer-songwriters with folk, soft rock, and pop tendencies.
With song titles like “This Mountain” and “Cold,” one might initially doubt the possibility of any sort of expressive novelty. But Williams’ merit manifests itself in her attention to detail.
The dynamic subtleties and seamless succession of these songs places her above others with similar sounds. Guitar, cello and percussion weave lush harmonies that accompany Williams’ voice, which often functions as an instrument on par with the rest.
The EPs are embodiments of musical elegance and immaculate recording. Williams’ natural presentation — the way her voice comfortably fits into its surroundings — creates the illusion that she grew up with these songs.
If nothing else, Williams provides 38 minutes of solid composition and accessible tunes shrouded in an aura of hi-fi glory.
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