If you’re looking for some easy-listening music, in the truest sense, something to ease you into your day or caress you to sleep, Someone (released September 7th, 2018), the second EP from Montreal’s Vikki Gilmore, can fill that role.
These five salt-of-the-earth folk-pop numbers dance upon your heartstrings as Gilmore sings with a confident vulnerability, mainly focusing on self discovery and introspection. Though the arrangements are simple (maybe minimalist is a better word), the songs feel dense with emotion, as if emotion itself were an instrument. Rather than drawing comparisons to contemporaries, since Gilmore definitely carries some hippie spirit in her vocals I would be better suited to drop some 60s folk singers in here, like Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell, especially when factoring in the minimalism. On “Someone,” an acoustic guitar, slight bass, and percussive elements are all that’re required to let Gilmore’s vocal soar and be the focal point of the EP as it should be. “Forgiveness” incorporates a nice double-track vocal element, because a fantastic voice should always harmonize with itself! The song rides along a consistent and airy vocal melody that soothes like a hit of melatonin.
So here’s the thing (and I know I use this argument a lot): I would really enjoy seeing Vikki Gilmore open up the sonic landscape some more. I know it’s an EP, short and sweet, and I recognize the beauty in simplicity. Sometimes simplicity is great, but not all the time; otherwise, it’s just too easy to peg as redundant. I’m not saying it needs to be all bombast and rock and roll, fists in the air, wave em’ like you just don’t care, but maybe somewhere in between the two? There are an infinite amount of possibilities, and I don’t doubt that Vikki Gilmore will explore further territories as the introspection and self discovery continues. That said, I don’t think that Gilmore should stray from using the simplistic folk-pop method as a base! As Someone demonstrates, it is Gilmore’s strong suit, her bread and butter. (But who doesn’t like a little meat with their bread and butter!? Well, vegans for one but that’s not the point I’m trying to make.) Gilmore’s voice is profound and intoxicating and is well showcased on this EP…and she has nowhere else to go but up!
Written by Lee Ferguson
*edited by Kate Erickson