While I don't see a full album available for listening, there's a nice little handful of videos to get a taste of her music from. So, we get a little sampling. Great!
"Primrose Hill" is the first on her music & video page (check out her site at marienaffah.co.uk). Anyone remember my buddy Annalise? Because that's who tho girl reminds me of. Her voice is kind of smokey, but the recording makes it pretty crisp. I like the vulnerability of the song because it makes you feel like you could just as easily sing this. That lack of pretentiousness is quite welcome.
Now, keeping in mind this is the acoustic version, or at least that's what the video label says on her site, up comes "Silver and Gold." Come in, right away, I'm a fan of the beat. I can't watch the video because it's making me a little dizzy, but her voice is so damn cool. The way she wraps herself around words is so impressive and interesting. I would love to try saying things her way. Her dynamics are also really crazy. The loud moments cut through you, but those softer moments are what rips to your soul.
"Blindfold." is quote that. Marie sits there with a blindfold on her eyes and plays the guitar and sings this magnificent song that will just grip your heart. It's downright inspiring, giving the story of what a blind girl hears her whole life and how she 'sees' it all. Really, this is an amazing piece.
Marie is joined by Barny Scott for "The Busker" which I would have thought was "Falling Slowly" by those very beginning notes. But no, this is their own. You can hear her accent really clearly in this, which is always interesting with British artists. Think of the Beatles - you could barely ever hear their accents. I know that growing up I didn't realize they were from England for a while. Marie makes it very clear in this slow, stead number.
Songs I Want to Add to My Playlist:
I gotta say, I'm glad this lady's music came across my desk. She's witty and has got this really interesting voice. Already on the festival circuit, she's getting her work out there and I look forward to when she takes more of the world by storm.