There's a certain breed of female vocals that has sadly fallen out of vogue in the last couple years. Vocals couldn't be less important in radio pop today period -- though the moments where stars like Katy Perry or Ellie Goulding remind you how powerful their voices can be are always delightful -- but specifically, we don't have enough female vocalists who can transmit emotion just through the inflections and timbre of their voice. They don't even have to be singing a particularly dramatic track; their voice evokes more wells of emotion than lyricism ever could. But with LA based (but Tennessee born) singer-songwriter Meg Myers
, that vocal style comes back with the whirlwind of emotion and drama that is the power and intensity of Meg Myer's voice.
We're premiering a live performance of Meg Myer's track, "Motel," and it is stunning. The performance is stripped down. It's just Meg and a backing guitarist. And, honestly, I don't know if I ever even need to hear the studio version of this track. Meg's voice is haunting. Vocal runs show off her powerful pipes but they aren't indulgent "look at how well I can sing" moments. They add complex emotional layers and vulnerability to the track.
Meg Myer's full-lenght debut LP, Sorry
, is out now on Atlantic Records, and you can catch her tomorrow night at Webster Hall's Marlin Room here in NYC (you can purchase tickets here
) as well as in Los Angeles's El Rey Theatre (you can purchase tickets here