Oh Sister – Watch The Water EP (Moonshiner Records)
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Folk inspired singer/songwriter, Oh Sister, releases her debut EP. Louder Than war’s Paul Scott-Bates reviews.
Sarah Berresford may not be a name that the public is over familiar with, but with the release of the Watch The Water EP under the handle of Oh Sister, that may all be set to change.
Originally from Barnard Castle but now living in London, Sarah has created a rather lovely EP of four deeply personal and emotional songs. Greatly inspired by Bob Dylan (Oh Sister being the title of a track from his 1976 album, Desire), her performing is not just limited to acoustic guitar. Now part of a an all-girl band her early difficulties with stage fright now seem to be a thing of the past and her skilful song writing can be shared by all.
Lead track, For The Dales, is a haunting semi-acoustic/ electronic affair full of personality and oozing atmosphere. Apparently written in just 10 minutes on her departure from home on the journey to London, it is a stunning soundscape packed with gorgeous vocal samples, electro ticks and acoustic guitar.
Hot And Cold sees Sarah accompanied by a string backing over a deeply passionate lyric that’s both heartbreaking and delightful. Mixing juxtapositions with rhyming couplets it slowly unfolds into a breathtaking performance.
Don’t Leave too is a deeply emotive affair and another song based around relationships. It’s clearly a subject that Sarah has masses of subject matter to draw from and is highly successful in its portrayal to the listener.
Only Nature moves once more to a guitar accompanied backing and is soft and gentle in its presentation. Another melody which is difficult to forget and puts you at complete ease.
Sarah Berresford isn’t just a woman with an acoustic guitar. Her song writing skills extend far, far further than that and her ability to entice the listener deep into her songs is bewildering.
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