‘Suit of Hearts’ is the divine new release by Katy Vernon. This 12 track album has become a ‘go to’ on our playlist and it is most definitely a force to be reckoned with. Her original sound makes her stand out from the crowd and Vernon is most certainly a master of her craft.
‘Suit of Hearts’ has elements which are sent from the heavens. Vernon’s unique vocal performance matched with her ukulele and excellent songwriting makes for a sound which is truly blissful. We have not heard an album which is as unique and as characterful as this in a long time.
The album opens with the title track, ‘Suit Of Hearts’. First, we hear a feedback opening with claps to keep the beat, strings and horns. The horns are a special element which features heavily on this album. They are beautifully captivating. There are layers of depth and interest to be enjoyed throughout.
We adored the songs, ‘Home’ for its Spanish vibe, superbly played guitar and luscious harmonies. ‘Listen’ is a wonderful track, its opening sounds like a wave sweeping across the audio spectrum. From the strings to the syncopated drums, each element has been carefully thought out and cared about. ‘Latest Disaster’ has a Lady Gaga feel to it. It has synths galore and is catchy with energetic high hats too. Parts of the album reminds us of, Panic! At the Disco’s first album from 2005, ‘A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out‘. Its instrumentation and clever transitions between parts are always intriguing and engaging, this is often what is missing from new music.
Katy Vernon’s band are comprised of: Katy Vernon – Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele. Clay Williams – Guitar. Simon Husbands – Keys, Vocals. Chris McAtee – Drums. Reed Pagel – Bass. Paul Odegaard – Trumpet and Terry Isachsen – Guitar. There is no doubting the talent and skill which all of these players have in abundance. They create rhythms and melodies which are unexpected, innovative and constantly exciting. Any music lover will love this album.
London Born artist Katy Vernon now resides in Minnesota. She is a formidable talent which is surely destined for very big things in this world. We can not recommend her fresh and talented sound enough. Make sure you check out this exciting release ASAP!
Reviewed by FVReviews May 2019
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