Maz Totterdell “Sweep”
Promise is exactly what a teenager should show, anything else would be galling. So be thankful that Totterdell shows admirable restraint and simplicity - It would have been easy to try too hard to impress.
Instead the songs are open and honest and wait for the listener to come to them. Laura Marling is an obvious comparison but a good one, songs like ‘Delirious’ sounds at one and the same time like the Marine Girls from the early 1980’s with their Home Counties version of lo-fi folk and also completely modern music made by people whose creativity rarely stretches to inventing a full name.
She mixes things up nicely; ‘Kaleidescope’ features just acoustic guitar and violin and is restrained, whereas ‘Smile on Sunshine’ is a playful melody, finger clicks and handclaps. An excursion into traditional folk ‘Willow (Angel Child)’ mixes in some Nick Drake for good measure. ‘Blushing Bride’ shows precociousness, it’s a lovely hushed blend of guitar, cello and tambourine; it leaves me wondering how one so young could produce something so lovely.
The percussive frog (sic) and playful keyboards of ‘Little Puzzle’ show that she’s not some maladjusted prodigy but a talented young person with a whole host of possibilities in front of her.