Brampton native Collette Andrea (Collette Falk) released her debut EP, Luna, in March of this year with the help of Hannah-Kin Studio in Georgetown. The five-song EP is a teaser of what’s to come from this Ryerson Social Work student, who’s promising a full-length album soon.
Collette cites a surprising mix of influences, including Joni Mitchell, Feist, Janis Joplin, Alice in Chains, Sublime, Cat Power, Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix and the Smashing Pumpkins—influences that aren’t all immediately evident, but show themselves in Collette’s playing.
“When The Sun Goes Down” introduces Collette’s Feist-like voice, and her steady acoustic guitar rhythms (a leftover from her earlier days as a bass player). The sparseness of the track works to show off Collette’s vocals and lyrics, and provides an apt introduction to her sound.
“Broken Coast” again offers a minimalist approach to the guitar, though with more variations than “When The Sun Goes Down”. The latter minute of the song introduces another guitar, adding a nice extra layer while Collette steps away from the mic, using the opportunity to show off the music rather than her voice.
There’s a nice country twang to Collette’s voice with “In The Morning” as she moves away from the typical indie-girl sound and draws on her other influences. The strumming also picks up strength, creating a fuller sound to go along with the more powerful vocals.
The penultimate track on the EP, “The Night You Packed Your Bags,” is the meeting point between the indie-pop sound of the first two songs, and the powerful vocals of “In The Morning”. Collette’s voice sounds like it’s found a middle-ground between the two, while musically she’s much more present than on the EP’s first songs. It’s a welcome change, since it’s obvious she knows how to match her music to her vocals.
“Hey Jack” is reminiscent of Patrick Watson’s “The Great Escape” as it evokes imagery of long roads and empty plains. The country-inflection isn’t as prominent, but it again adds a depth to Collette’s voice that shows off her impressive abilities.
Collette’s voice is capable of a fullness that emerges during the second half of the EP, suggesting greater things to come with her full-length album. The simplicity of the album is surprisingly effective—allowing the vocals to take precedence over everything else. The steady, constant rhythm of her chord progressions reveals her musical past, but add a mesmerizing effect that makes late-night listening a pleasure. Since it’s so easy to get lost in, the fault of this EP is how abruptly it ends.
Top Tracks: “Broken Coast”; “In The Morning”
Rating: Strong Hoot (Good)