Seen You Before, the debut release for now Melbourne songstress Ree Nay, has some blissful pop melodies that are orchestrated through the glittery piano on the title track. From there, the sweeping tremolo of the electric guitar and full band take shape on the rest of these songs. The result of many years on the road travelling around performing extensively throughout the UK, Seen You Before has many delicate and sparse sounds to it.
Recorded with acclaimed producer James Kempster, these songs are sorrowful; yet, despite the intense emotion, is at the same time, beautiful. This emotional depth can be heard most prominently in ‘He Who Has No Heart’ in which Ree Nay tells the story of heartbreak and loss. Influenced by the likes of Regina Spektor, Dolly Parton and Joni Mitchell, the live show is set to be incredibly intimate, raw and emotional stuff.
Although most of the tracks on this album are mid-tempo, the beauty to this EP comes through the awesome backing band behind Ree Nay and the deep and powerful emotional lyrics and melodies. ‘Beauty Surrounds Us’ sounds a little like ‘Sympathy for The Devil’ by The Rolling Stones. Bongo drums add something a little different to the mix and end the EP on a happy, light-hearted note.
Whether that track will be as epic as a Rolling Stones performance, is left to be seen but be sure to catch Ree Nay in Early August, as she tours the East Coast of Australia.
Out now via WJO
Written by Tex Miller