Fall For Indie-Pop Singer Marielle Kraft's Debut EP
Already with her debut EP, The Deep End, indie-pop artist Marielle Kraft paves a path to sweet-and-sunny pop success, following in the footsteps of fellow singer-songwriters like Hailee Steinfeld, Julia Nunes, and more. Across five tracks, Marielle delivers both singalong tunes and reflective ballads.
Hear what Marielle had to tell us about The Deep End below:
The Deep End opens on "Test Drive,” one of those hook-laden tracks built on rapid-fire acoustic strums but led by impassioned vocals. There’s a pulse to it, pushing consistently even through its sparkling moments and especially during its louder moments. On “Toothbrush,” Marielle narrates morning regret after a first date — it’s still warm and fresh like many of her songs, but she uses her songwriting to accurately depict the sheepish discomfort of not being ready to move on, accompanied by detail after detail, strum after strum, and beat after beat. The halfway point of The Deep End finds “Out Of River,” an eerie outlaw tune coated in dark twang. Marielle’s voice is at its best — it seems to have matured in the length of a single song and she even tests a pretty breath here and there — and the whole arrangement is at its most defined, most unexpected, like a shadowy tango.
On “Box,” Marielle delivers her most vulnerable effort yet. A breakup song packed with raw emotion, it grows on a base of acoustic strums before blooming into a crying string-based composition. The Deep End is complete with “Better Without You,” easily the EP’s standout track for the fact that it comes right of the gate with the most radio-ready instance of lyricism, not to mention its shimmering synth-pop component. Even so, it’s not “too much” to bear. It’s palatable, each element working with each other, not against, resulting in a cool, catchy conclusion to an EP that finds Marielle Kraft delivering song after song of mini pop addictions.
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