CD Review by Graham Blackley
Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer Mei Lai Swan is joined on her debut EP “The Morning Tree” by a full band that complements her perfectly.
Swan and her musical collaborators whip up a smooth, silky, indie jazz-pop vibe that provides a soothing auditory caress and would be the ideal atmospheric sonic accompaniment to a convivial candle-lit dinner party or a chilled-out weekend.
Swan displays expressive and evocative vocals that are characterised by a lightness of touch and a supreme grasp of melody.
Swan’s ability to gently evoke emotion through her beautiful voice is on spellbinding show on the haunting closing track, “Lullaby for a Winter’s Night”, which features moving lyrics and a heartfelt performance.
The only criticism that could be levelled at this CD is that the 26 minute duration is likely to leave the listener yearning for more from this talented artist.