The brighter side of Bryce's music peaks with "Ride". The song has a gripping energy that meshes seamlessly with it's beautiful melody. The melody is on display again with the methodical, dance-inducing sway of "Sirens".
As good as that is, Bryce is truly excels when she gets darker. The striking "Stick It" drips with Fiona Apple-style attitude and confidence. On "Gelatin" a simple piano backs her intimate vocal performance.
The squeak of guitar strings is audible as "Newport" begins. It's a sound I'm a sucker for. In the end though, they are only a small fraction of the elaborate string-heavy arrangement.
Unsurprisingly for a debut, not everything will make you sit up and take notice. The opening cut "Chariot" is a fairly unremarkable Adult Contemporary pop tune. However, it is notable as the exception rather than the rule here.
Soren Bryce serves to whet your appetite for more from this exciting new musician.
Best tracks: "Ride", "Stick It"
Track listing for Soren Bryce:
- Stick It