As we head into summer, we’ll all be looking for a happy holiday sound that we’ll play over and over on the car stereo as we head for the beach, the mountains, music festivals or wherever we’ll be hanging out with our besties and making memories. Anywhere is Home could be that EP.
Chirpy, catchy and filled with joy, “Anywhere is Home” is the title track from Danielle Lewis‘s third EP, a creditable follow up to her 2013 debut “Paper Hearts” and self-released “Dreams Grow”, which brought Danielle to the attention of TV and radio programmes in her native Wales and placed her centre-stage at a number of prime festivals. This is definitely a track for kicking off your shoes and dancing on warm sand – and I defy you not to sing along to the hookline ‘anywhere is home’ – with a smile as big as the sunshine!
Danielle’s voice has been compared with Karen Carpenter and, although her tone is lighter, the effortless emotion that merits this comparison is apparent in the second track of the EP “I’ll Wait”. In complete contrast to “Anywhere is Home”, this is a soulful ballad that exudes romance and demands to be heard in the arms of someone special. Lovers of female vocalists will applaud the purity and control that flows from phrase to phrase, supported by the simplest of strings.
Reminding us that Great Britain is a multi-lingual country, Danielle’s third track is a reprise of “I’ll Wait”, sung in her native Welsh. “Aros” (literally translated as ‘Stay’) brings a depth of pathos to the song which, coupled with the natural lyricism of the Welsh language, is sure to evoke a desire for the hills and valleys.
Supported by Charlotte Church’s company Bounce Publishing, and released by up-and-coming boutique label Folkstock Records, Danielle is emerging from her homeland, bringing with her a natural warmth and refreshingly clear vocals that deserve a place alongside singer-songwriters Joni Mitchell, Suzanne Vega and Thea Gilmore.
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