Looking and sounding well beyond her 18 years, Emily Keener creates alt-pop that’s warm, pleasant and smart. Every word is clearly recorded and mixed, which is key because Keener is a born communicator. “Light & Sound” is typical of her work, with plenty of vocal weaves that run the gamut, diving, trilling and carrying the song forward. Yes, the song’s a bit long and perhaps hampered by its complexity, but it is exciting to hear a young artist reach like this. Some of us prefer the chill, intimate “Elevator,” a concise break-up/kiss-off song. Keener shifts into higher gear for “Lorelei,” a cheery character study of a social misfit. We urge this talented Ohioan to develop her voice to go for the power-note.
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Emily Keener - "Light & Sound"