Just as several of her artistic inspirations and influences – Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Jeff Buckley to name just three – made their impressive mark on the music world, Marlene Oak looks set to perhaps follow in their footsteps as she shares her own talents with the world via her EP Silver Moon.
Title track “Silver Moon” kicks things off with a rather bluesy sound. In all honesty, it comes across as a little flat and easily forgotten up until the point where the horns kick in and inject it with some much needed energy, but it’s soon left in the shadows thanks to “How Can I Move On”, easily the best track featured on the collection. Led by little more than a guitar and a simple drum beat, Oak’s voice is captivating, emotion palpable with every word she sings and note she reaches. It’s one of those songs that can cause goosebumps – it certainly did for me.
“In The Evening” plays like an old, much loved record from the past – the composition has an almost timeless quality to it although Oak’s voice does tend to overpower the instrumentation in places. Follow up track “Everyone” brims with energy. The song itself is the most pop-sounding featured on the collection and might remind some of past releases by the likes of Colbie Caillat or Taylor Swift (without the country-ish twang), and for that, it’s worthy of a few repeat listens and some airplay if chosen as a future single. The only slight flaw with the track is the times when the vocal sounds almost distorted like there was an issue or problem with the recording equipment. It doesn’t particularly hamper the track, but it doesn’t help either.
“Come Home” closes out the collection and while and the musicianship is good, it takes it’s rightful place in the background and allows Oak’s vocal to shine from the start, even more so as the song builds towards its end, leaving listeners with a lingering reminder of just how good a new talent Oak is – and could well be in the future.