Elizabeth Shepherd – ‘Three Things’

The seventh studio album from Canadian artist Elizabeth Shepherd, Three Things presents an intoxicating intrigue, melding soul, jazz, and pop with consistently creative flair. Shepherd wrote the album during the pandemic, while Quebec was in lockdown, and the artist’s inventive characteristics are on full display; traditional instrumentation combines with around-the-home sounds — like typewriter and garbage cans — for an eclectic sense of spontaneity throughout.

The album’s lead single and opener, “Time” consumes in its dexterous jazzy percussion, warming bass pulses, and dynamic vocals — spanning from the confident lead to soothing, wordless accompaniments. The “years go by,” loop resonates melodically and thematically, representative of the track’s time-relevant concepts and the tendency of some memories to linger perpetually. Late-night brass tones at the two-minute mark are especially magnetic, adding further to the contemplatively gripping soundscape.

From the soulful R&B lushness of the album’s title track to meditative spaciousness of “Wild Geese,” Three Things continues to showcase a myriad of songwriting and production strengths thereafter. Following this album’s standout success, The Elizabeth Shepherd Trio show moves from Montreal to London on April 16th, where they will perform at Pizza Express’ The Pheasantry in Chelsea.

“Time” can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Indie Soul and R&B’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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