Katie Malco and The Slow Parade E.P. Review

Posted on 7 December 2011
By Samantha Maine
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Katie Malco has been on the music scene for quite some time but it is only now, with her debut release on Alcopop! that Miss Malco is getting the recognition she deserves.

The E.P. entitled Katie Malco and The Slow Parade features five beauties, showcasing Katie’s jaw-dropping talent.

The first song we’re treated to is Laadeedaa, which is a quaint number much like the title suggests. Malco’s Sufjan Stevens influence is clear to see here, with its progressive tones, plucky strings and chorus.

As the drums are introduced half-way through, you can’t help but tap your toes and engross yourself in the catchiest song of the E.P.

Next up, is Sad Eyes, which unlike the title suggests, is rather up-beat. The rhythmic structure of the song shows off just how technically talented this lady is, as the song ushers you to sway from side to side.

Moreover, Miss Malco’s storytelling skills are hugely apparent, as her lyrics instantly connect without including clichéd phrasing.

Get in the Car is the third track and as we’re half way through, it’s time to take things down a notch. This could be described as the ballad of the CD, with its stripped back approach and delicate instrumentation.

Joni Mitchell is another apparent influence on this particular song but Katie holds her own, proving she could be the next great female poet.

The fourth track lends its attentions to the life of Johnny Cash. Johnny is written from the perspective of Cash’s first wife Vivian and the turmoil his affair with June Carter caused her.

This is the folkiest track of them all, battling Laadeedaa for catchiest song. Katie’s vocals are immaculate and the banjo adds some country charm to this awesome little number.

The E.P finishes with Florence Nightingale’s House. A heart-shattering acoustic effort, the sheer ability of Malco’s song writing skills is clear as day. If this girl isn’t big next year, then I’ll eat my hat.

Katie Malco and The Slow Parade is out now on Alcopop!