Thursday, May 30 2024

Eleri Ward, a renowned figure in the NYC singer-songwriter scene, is poised to enthral audiences once again with her latest single, ‘Moss‘. Formerly recognised for her interpretations of Stephen Sondheim’s classics in musical theatre, Eleri underwent a notable transition with her solo debut, ‘Grieving the Future’, in September 2023. Now, ‘Moss’ emerges as a poignant musical reflection on the journey back to yourself.

‘Moss’ shrouds listeners in a rich blend of sound, combining ethereal vocals, layered guitar work, and captivating reversed harmonics. Eleri’s crystal clear voice effortlessly moves through haunting melodies, infusing each note with emotion. The contrast between high and low notes highlights a remarkable vocal range and versatility, which reminded me of iconic singers such as Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell.

The musical ambiance of ‘Moss’ is enhanced by gentle pad drones and carefully captured acoustic guitar, offering an almost transcendent sensation. This effect becomes even more pronounced when experienced through headphones.

The bridge of the song acts as a poignant crescendo, introducing a new melody while retaining its charm. And, Eleri’s lyrics, described as “a grounding exhale,” invite listeners to reconnect with their inner selves and find solace in nature’s embrace. ‘Moss’ evokes a profound sense of relief and contentment, as if finding sanctuary in the tranquility of the natural world.

The carefully crafted lyrics offer a clear portrayal of finding comfort amidst chaos through introspection.

I’ve finally made it to the ground,

Finally made it to the sound of my own voice.

I’ve finally made it to the trees,

Finally resting on my knees in the moss.

In the green, where it’s soft and I am seen.

‘Mosss’ by Eleri Ward

The lyrics evoke a sense of groundedness and acceptance, echoing Eleri’s message of finding peace within yourself.

Throughout ‘Moss’, Eleri’s vocals resonate like a gentle echo through the trees, beckoning you to pause, breathe, and soak yourself in the present moment. Despite its nearly five-minute duration, the track unfolds seamlessly, and left me longing for more as it drew to a close.

In essence, Eleri Ward’s ‘Moss’ isn’t just a song, but a transformative experience—a musical journey that invites you to explore self-discovery and rediscovery. With its captivating melodies, reflective lyrics, and ethereal vocals, ‘Moss’ showcases Eleri’s artistry and her skill in writing music that touches deeply. I eagerly await the next release!

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In her latest single ‘Moss,’ Eleri Ward delivers a blend of ethereal vocals and introspective lyrics, inviting listeners on a journey of self-discovery and tranquility. With its soothing melodies and poignant message, ‘Moss’ showcases Eleri’s musical nous, leaving a lasting impression on those who listen.
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Matt Warren

Matt Warren is a Cheshire based musician who studied contemporary music and composition. When not writing for The Indie Grid he enjoys watching 'Breaking Bad' on continuous loop and going to gigs. Since a youngster his fave band have been 'The Beatles' (with 'Cardiacs' in at a close second)... and this still applies to this day.

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