Forever On A Sunday
Lewdis Entertainment Ltd
Megan Sidwell’s debut five-track EP succeeds largely due to the playing/production hand of Ben King (Golden Horse/Grand Rapids). This guy knows how to place a pop song, where to place it – how to locate its heart. And so he’s the steady, guiding hand here, certainly. That said Sidwell offers plenty of charm with the infectious opening track. And hints of Bonnie Raitt to her sound. You could imagine these songs appearing on an episode of Nothing Trivial; something like that. And if you bristle and cringe at that reference that’s your issue, it’s hardly the fault of the show or the music.
Perhaps across five songs only there’s really not a great hint of range. It’s all very much mid-tempo girl-with-guitar country/ish pop-rockers. But it’s certainly an accomplished sound. A hint that there could be more to come. And it sounds great, subtle (correct) arrangements, a reminder too of where Missy Higgins has gone with her music. I like it. I liked it more than I perhaps thought I might at first; I was stuck in traffic with this 5-track EP you see. And so round and round it went while the road workers tried to fix a slip. These songs slipped in under the skin, round and round the CD went. And I didn’t think to turn it off, to find a radio station, to find anything else. On second, third, fourth, fifth listen these songs had found their home.
Good luck to her from here.