Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cheyenne Marie Mize

Not a total rave, but I did really like the first couple songs on Bonnie Prince Billy compadre Cheyenne Marie Mize's new EP, We Don't Need. The review runs today at Blurt.

Cheyenne Marie Mize
We Don't Need
(Yep Roc)

Cheyenne Marie Mize, out of Louisville, is nothing if not self-assured, taking up every inch of sonic space in her latest six-song EP, strutting and stomping and occasionally revealing heartbreaking vulnerability in a broad range of rock and Americana styles. A versatile singer, she navigates the spoke-sung, blues-y chants of stand-out "Wishing Well," the tremulous self-laceration of "Call Me Beautiful," the road-house diva-isms of "Going Under" and the indie rocking directness of "Keep It" without a miss. She even plays all the instruments - raucous washboard scrapes and cowbell rattles, plaintive guitars and enough piano rolls and slides to make a Western's saloon doors rattle.


"Wishing Well" is, hands down, the best cut on the EP.

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