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Potter's Daughter

Casually Containing Rage

Review by Gary Hill

This new EP from Potter's Daughter delivers on the kind of quality music that I expect from the act. The three songs here have a decent range, and all manage to fit into the prog concepts that are in line with the other music I've heard from the act. Something seems just a little "off" about the mix or recording to me, though. It doesn't feel as high quality as I expect. That said, perhaps pandemic mitigation has something to do with that, and it doesn't detract from the music here. I just noticed it.

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Track by Track Review
To My Love
Rising slowly and dramatically there is a psychedelic edge as this comes into being. An artsy angle drives the number as it works forward. It grows outward eventually to more of a soaring arrangement vocally, but the music is based primarily on the rhythm section during that movement. The multiple layers of vocals are the real selling point to that section, but it does get more rocking as it continues. It drops back down after a time, with many vocal lines dancing over a mellower musical backdrop.
Accidentally Like a Martyr
This comes in stripped back and rises upward as it continues. There is a bit more of a mainstream rock vibe to it in some ways. The tune has hints of soulful gospel, too. There are some blues rock like guitar lines here. There is a real 1970s rock feeling to it. This has plenty of artistic elements still in the mix, though.
We Could Be
The lyrics are topical. There are sound clips talking about George Floyd. That's contrasted with a jazzy, mellow and quite pretty arrangement. The message of the song is a positive one - we could be better than this. That is actually the chorus of the piece.
 
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