In 2013, Celia Pavey gained worldwide attention after her rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s classic “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” from her audition on “The Voice Australia” went viral on YouTube. Later that year, the young folk singer went on to release an album exclusive to Australia featuring covers of Gorillaz’s “Feel Good Inc.” and Ellie Goulding’s “Believe Me,” which garnered an even larger fan base.
While still a relatively small name in the U.S., the unique songwriter hopes that with her first international release, she’ll gain some traction. Titled “Bodies,” Pavey’s latest EP release is a beautiful four track debut. Focusing heavily on acoustics and Pavey’s angel-like melodies, each song off of “Bodies” will carry listeners into a day dream trance.
The title track off of “Bodies” is the perfect lead in to this spectacular EP. From the moment Pavey strums out the lyric “take me,” listeners will be taken themselves. It is a engaging and beautifully structured opening melody.
On “Shadow,” Pavey provides listeners with a flowing and effortless ballad. Showcasing Pavey’s wispy melodies and higher registers, “Shadow” is an alluring track filled with moments of clarity and promise. There is something almost exquisite happening in “Shadow,” but like the rest of Pavey’s efforts, the elegance is in a place far from human comprehension.
“Red” is one of “Bodies” most powerful tracks. Acting as the lead single, “Red” is an atmospheric production that focuses heavily on Pavey’s range. With deeper vocals paired with the most instrumentals of any other track on “Bodies,” “Red” is the most over-produced track. However, through this, Pavey’s amazing originality and promise shines; showing that even after being picked up by the industry it is possible to maintain artistic integrity.
Lastly, the EP’s most splendid track rests with “Laura.” On this song, Pavey opens the melody through simple vocals and slow guitar strumming. However, as the song carries out, a much more powerful aura radiates. Like a more stripped down Florence and The Machine, Pavey’s “Laura” is both an acoustic masterpiece and a fiery beast of a song.
Overall, “Bodies” is near perfection. As an EP, its glossy set-up paired with Pavey’s celestial voice makes it one of the most prominent EP releases of the year. Celia Pavey’s “Bodies” is proof that there is more to be done in the folk-singer-songwriter genre. Other artists beware, because they’ll soon pale in comparison.