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Rachel Collis “Mayfly” LP

There aren’t many singer/songwriters alive today who have the same depth of emotion in their work that Rachel Collis does, and her capabilities as a composer and crooner are on full display in her latest record, the unapologetically stylish Mayfly, which is due out this coming October everywhere that independent music is sold. Though it falls in line with the increasingly surreal output of the Australian underground in recent years, Mayfly is a wholly original effort from Collis, who pulls out all of the stops to give us her most endearing and engrossing content in one conveniently packaged watershed LP. 

Collis has come into her sound a lot in the last two years alone, and I don’t think that she could have made “Siren,” “Dandelion” or “In the Stillness” as moving as they are before this present moment in time. She’s refined her craft so much since her very first single, and while “Just Like Elvis” and “Beside My Ordinariness” aren’t a total departure from her signature sound, they’re undeniably more expansive and sleek than past stabs at the same melodic mark had been. There’s still room for more growth, but she’s definitely singing like a true superstar on this record. 


The instrumental parts in “Don’t Say Goodnight (featuring Tim Bruer),” “Flash Flood,” “Take This Shame” and “A Good Woman” are extremely textured and equalized to be as physical as they are catchy, and they help to even out the tracklist amidst more vocal-centric pieces like “Loving You,” “Dandelion” and “These Times.” For the most part, Collis uses a conservative style of attack with her verses here, which gives the backing band so much more room to strut their stuff without sounding restrained or overshadowed by the potent vocal of our lead singer. 

“Just Like Elvis” has more swing than anything else on this album does, and even trying to resist the urge to synchronize your hips with its black-and-white beats proves futile once you get into the harmony that joins the hook together with the main verses that lead up to it. I’d love to hear more pop-influenced material like this and “Flash Flood” in upcoming releases from Collis; she’s got a really dynamic range as a vocalist, and honestly, to see it go unutilized in favor of keeping her image geared towards the indie crowd would be a crime of unforgivable proportions. 

If you weren’t already feeling excited about autumn, Rachel Collis’ Mayfly is going to get you there and leave you eager to grab the car keys out of the catchall and hit the open road sans GPS. It’s easy to play this record from beginning to end without ever feeling the need to press the skip button, and even at its most intellectual, it never drifts into overindulgent territory for even a second. Collis outdoes herself in this LP, and if it doesn’t break her moniker into the mainstream once and for all, it would come as an enormous surprise to me. 

Mindy McCall



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