Single Review: What We’ve Got – Flechaus
Review by Joseph Timmons: IndiePulse Music Magazine.
What We’ve Got by Megan Flechaus & Performed with her group, simply called Flechaus, is a beautiful single track from upcoming album presently recording. Her music has been categorized as “Folk”, “Country” as well as considered to be on the same par as Bonnie Raitt, Jewel, and Sara Bareilles however, it is so much more and she has begun paving her way into being more than one that “Sounds Like” but is becoming groundbreaking.
Her first album, New set “the stage” for what she is doing now, creating music that is her voice that touches the very special and tender voice inside al of us. Megan was born in Brockport, a suburb of Rochester, NY. At age seventeen, she graduated high school and set off to study astronomy at The University of Hawaii at Hilo. (It was her passion for astronomy that later influenced her to purchase her most beloved guitar, a ‘98 Takamine Celestial which she lovingly named The Goddess). While in Hilo, she began playing with a local band called The New Year Romantics as a backup singer. After gaining friendship and confidence through this experience, she returned to New York to continue her studies closer to home.
In 2012, Flechaus moved to Charlotte, where she began developing her style and performance. After a great deal of introspective writing, she began to record her first full-length album, New, with John Brighton at Mabby Road Studios. Together, they slowly chipped away at this project for two years. She released New in October of 2014. Shortly following her release, she and Brian Raynor started a blues- and jazz-influenced band called Pearl Hill.
Megan relocated to Austin in 2015 to pursue furthering her music career and jamming with Austin’s finest, quickly meeting and befriending what became the five members of Lady Jams (Jamie Kunning, Lucy Bergin, Megan Flechaus, Sam Goss, and Sara Louise). What started as five singers getting together to share songs and inspire each other, quickly turned into a writing collaboration between five powerful women. Megan continues to play solo and as a part of Lady Jams in Austin and the surrounding areas. Recently, Megan formed a band around her original compositions known as Flechaus, whose members are Kenzie Slottow, flute; Dominick Chaillot, bass; Nathan Smith, drums; and Sara Louise, backing vocals. What We’ve Got, explains Megan, “is about realizing a major difference between you and someone else that cannot be reconciled, and choosing to separate from them.”
As with FlecHaus’ first single, What We’ve Got was recorded at The Compound, mastered by Chris Kress, and recorded, mixed, and produced by Benjamin Alan Levy, who all Austin-based. It’s available on CD Baby as is Megan Flechaus’ previous album.
Megan Flechaus has been called “Austin’s Rising Star” by Indie Pulse Music magazine (complete interview here). Professor Johnny P’s Blogspot cited Megan’s “strong, expressive voice which is a delight to hear” in a stellar review of her aforementioned 2014 album, New. Megan is a jazz, blues, and folk-influenced singer-songwriter who began writing and playing music when she was fifteen years old. She expresses thought-provoking lyrics through soulful tones and eccentric chord voicing. Her song, “Moon Mansion,” from one of her early EP’s appeared in the Indie Film, King’s Faith, filmed in her home city of Rochester, NY.
What We’ve Got tells a story from deep within, about the struggle to either hold on or let go, one we all have had to endure, she does not trivialize the topic, nor makes it a somber ode to loss, but simply, in her own magnificent way, tells us it’s not easy, but life never is, so make your choice, make your stand and follow your heart.
This is a lyrical snippet from the song, in this gentle verse there is a strength that is beyond her years:
Now, I’ll be on my way.
Kindly hand me my heart down off the shelf.
Don’t look so surprised,
if it’d do you any good I’d
have carried you there myself.
One could carry on and sing the praises, but listen for yourself, Megan Flechaus is changing the way music should be heard, from a place of tender honesty.