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Live Review: PREMIERE: May Lyn delivers one of the best EPs of 2017 with 'Vessels'

31 July 2017 | 9:57 am | Emma Jones

Brisbane artist May Lyn has been steadily rising in the lead up to the release of her second EP, 'Vessels' and has set out to impress with its release.

Brisbane's MAY LYN is one of those artists that only pop up every once in a while. With a steady output of seductive, RnB jams, she plays with atmospherics, thick bass, intelligent lyrics and hip-hop sensibilities to carve out a space that's entirely her own. Having arrived on our radar well and truly last year with her single, 'First', its been a consistently great rise for May Lyn to today, which marks the release of her second EP, Vessels.

Comprised of seven tracks, Vessels continues to explore the world of May Lyn, opening it up further for you to lose yourself in. From opening track 'First' aptly kicking things off with its delicate sounds, through to newer single 'Touch Base' which sees Lyn traverse further down the hip-hop route, Vessels is very clearly an expertly crafted record. Following this, 'Escape' unfolds gently with its meticulous production and lyrics of trying to be comfortable with another person, before the stunning instrumental, 'Buildings' gives us a slight intermission. Although only 1:52 long, this is one of the highlights, taking influence from the likes of BONOBO or even early SEEKAE, but with May Lyn's trademark spin on it.

Brisbane producer and rising star in his own right, tomtom, makes an appearance next on 'Vibes'. This isn't the first time these two have collaborated together, and we really hope it won't be the last. Its almost gentle-trap (is this a thing? If so, May Lyn has created it) is hypnotic as synths spiral and swell, and May's fka twigs voice soars and echoes through the track, while tomtom's vocals provide some interesting texture to the hook and a fantastic solo verse.

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Finishing up with the entrancing 'What's Mine' and its thunderous breakdowns and empowering, badass lyrics, and the powerful 'Soldiers', Vessels is without a doubt one of the most impressive EPs we've heard this year. With a knack for sensational production and a clear skill for expert songwriting, May Lyn is a force not to be reckoned with here and beyond. We've been captivated watching her rise, and we can't wait to see where she goes next!

Vessels is out now.

Image: James Hornsby

Words by Emma Jones