Lizzy Dutton‘s Amnesia EP is a consuming success, emphasizing the Oakland-based artist’s stirring songwriting and eclectic contemplations, bolstered by rousing guitar work and emotive strings. A full-time public school math teacher by day, Dutton channels frustrations felt within that admirable profession in prior years. Virtual teaching and general pandemic dread results in a sense of angst and brooding that permeates throughout this striking EP, never touting a dull moment.
“Lullaby” is a stunning, moving opener that mesmerizes from the get-go. Trickling acoustics are gradually adorned by heart-tugging strings, as Dutton lyrically emphasizes “it’s okay to say goodbye,” and further emotions. The ensuing “Amnesia” embraces swifter strings and more prominent percussion, ushering in more of a full band feel amidst Dutton’s suavely engrossing vocals. The “been here before,” twist is especially captivating, and reminds fondly of Weyes Blood.
“Living Archetype” is another stunning entry, developing into a rousing collection of moving strings and bluesy guitar fervency, interplaying with rousing results in the final minute. The track is wholly indicative of Dutton’s knack for cohesively evolving song structures; the track’s initially subdued pull ascends upon the title-referencing refrain, as guitars and strings intensify with each passing verse.
Stream this fantastic EP, below:
“Lullaby” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of June 2022’ Spotify playlist.
“Lullaby” is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Folk.