Naomi Psalm's album Stare is an outstretched hand, offering an invitation to step out of the murky mainstream and into the refreshing waters of memorable melodies. Though tracks are pop-laced (arguably the album's catchiest track, “I Already Hit Send” is fresh and attention-getting, appealing to the adult contemporary crowd that remembers Natalie Imbruglia's “Torn”), Psalm trades redundant, empty phrases in favor of brilliantly crafted passages that are heartfelt and genuine.
In “Gazing,” Psalm's crooning query (come in with me / dive in with me) is simultaneously eager and tentative, combining deep waters of authenticity with a healthy undercurrent of idealism. The bassy synth coupled with raw guitar licks found in “Ink” set a dramatic backdrop for Psalm's sensitive lyrics. And in “Listen,” Psalm weaves a melody with vocal threads that are both breathy and lilting, conveying a sincerity that is both pleasant and piercing.
Backed by industry veteran Dame Alexander, this fresh artist's resonant voice is a reminder that treasures are indeed found in deeper waters. Find Stare and download the EP at www.thebluecinema.com.
-Amber Daley, copy writer, editor; http://about.me/amberdaley.