Singer-songwriter Maricelle Wong shares with us her thoughts on fellow singer-songwriters…
This Californian girl has collaborated and toured with Moby many times before, and written the soundtrack for a HBO documentary ‘In a Dream’ which is about a particular artist who chronicles his life in mosaics. With her album Dangling Teeth, her inspiration from the radio on long drives between her separated parents’ houses definitely shows. Her album is both fit for a roadtrip on a hot summer’s afternoon, or for chilling by the campfire at night.
Kelli Scarr mixes folk and rock with strains of old-country music, and lots of steel guitar elements. When she sings, it feels like she’s right there in the same room as you. Her music is quiet, somber, and calm. Her voice is melancholic and soothing, creating a haunting ambience of echoes and warm cooing.
Her album starts off with the song “Dangling Teeth” which is mysterious, listening to her for the first time, yet her lyrics are very visually descriptive, ‘what would be changed if the snow never came’. I like “Phoenicia” because it’s got an old country vibe but her choice of notes in the chorus are so pretty, chirpy like a picnic would be!
Her last song “I’ll Always Wait” is a 10 minute song! Which is emotive, sweeping, and the guitar riffs make you feel like swaying to the phrases. The production of this song seems pretty raw to me, but I like that the song is more naked. It feels more alive that way, slowly growing in a crescendo and dipping down in energy, leaving you feeling like the waves have just tossed you around, her voice is almost desperate, like how you might tell someone to stay even though they’ve made their mind up to leave. ‘Please don’t ever change, oh I am here and I will stay the same. Please don’t ever change, cause I will always wait…’ You know nothing will change but you try anyway. (MW)