As one of State magazine’s Faces of 2012 Galway’s Elaine Mai is clearly one to watch. Praise has been heaped on her from all corners of the Irish music press and yet it’s next to impossible not to heap more of said praise upon her, especially when you listen to her debut EP entitled Dots which was released last week. Her music comprising of intelligiently layered and looped accoustic melodies mixed with with wistful vocals and at times electro beats, speaks to the listener in a way that few artists do in todays musical climate.
Opening track Guarded is like a synopsis of Elaine’s style, looped vocals and beats abound and it is impossibly catchy meriting numerous plays before I even explored the rest of the EP.
The following three tracks stick to the standard set by the opener. Tainted’s electro snare drums and repetitive vocals prompt a kind of laidback head bopping that few accoustic sounding artists can aim to coax from the listener.
The EP is available to listen to and buy right now from Elaine Mai’s bandcamp page and at a mere five bob you’d be silly not to.
Luckily for us here in Limerick she plays Bourkes Live this thursday night with the exceptional So Cow also on the bill. Having seen both of these before I can assure it will be well worth a gander.
Listen to Elaine Mai here