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CD REVIEW: Lightning by Amilia K. Spicer

Born in Pennsylvania, singer/songwriter and musician Amilia K. Spicer has traveled far from the pastoral greens of her birthplace. She now commutes between dual residences in Austin, Texas and Los Angeles, California , but her experiences have carried her as far the Far East. Her emotional journey has proven even more extensive. The latest single from her album Wow and Flutter is very in keeping with much of the release’s thematic and composing direction. Her writing talents as a musician aid in the creation of evocative musical landscapes and there’s a leanness to her line-by-line writing that makes the most of her listener’s time and mixes the concrete and general in a compelling way. “Lightning” illustrates her talents in a way few songs on Wow and Flutter do and seems a natural choice for a single highlighting her appeal.

The percussion catches the ear instantly. It establishes a strong groove, but it also moves with just a hint of off kilter snap/. The song seems to emerge into being rather begin traditionally and it’s a sign that the production efforts expended to frame this song in the best possible light have proven successful without ever overreaching for effect. Her vocals are further reminder of the artistry and restraint that go into making this such an impactful track. The aforementioned leanness of her lyrical content never means that her listeners are deprived of an evocative experience – she is a focused writer who, like her musical approach, doesn’t lay extra words or extraneous musical passages into a composition that relies on maintaining a perfect balance of elements to achieve its desired effects.

It is, likewise, a focused product in its length. This reflection of the decision making process that went into its writing and recording is characteristic of the Wow and Flutter album as a whole. The choice and deployment of the instrumentation is quite complementary with her voice and she knows when to come in at all the right places and when to hold back her powerful voices and let the players serve the song. Spicer might be young, but she sings with the phrasing and soulful curiosity of a seasoned artist and this is surely a reflection as well of the effort she’s put into honing her craft and how experience has informed her talents. This is a highly polished work, but never mistake the polish for commercial pandering. There’s tangible grit and gravitas informing this recording that comes through on multiple levels. Amilia K. Spicer has discovered her calling in life following her Muse and the outstanding results of that decision in “Lightning” and other tracks speaks volumes about the immensity of her art. Casual and hardcore music fans alike will find much to admire about her latest single and it is sure to increase her visibility in a significant way.

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by Jason Hillenburg

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