Ego Ella May - Honey For WoundsUpper Room Records
Singer songwriter Ego Ella May has a way of making you feel you're in the middle of a conversation with her. You don't care what's it about as long as you're along for the ride. That's to say her languid vocals and superb songwriting make for a potent combination. Off the heals of her deeply satisfying 2019 release "So Far", she's back with "No Honey For Wounds". The eleven track release features an array of talented producers but make no mistake who's the star here. "Song For Bobby" finds her lamenting about a relationship that has come to an end. "Girls Don't Always Sing About Boys" showcases May's ease in gliding the listener through personal as well as social topics and sounding equally enjoyable along way. Both tracks feature an infectious bottom heavy groove topped off with warm chords courtesy of UK producer Eun. "Science" produced by Alfa Mist kicks off with a gorgeous melody followed by spacey synths creating the illusion that you've momentarily transported to the galaxy. This tremendous body of work instantly ranks as one of the best releases of the year. Ms May is on the fast track to star status.
Reg Dancy, 07/20