From the opening notes of “Gimme Your Love,” Holley Maher will entrance you. There is something intriguing about her voice, along with the indie-film score accompanying it. Admittedly, I wasn’t sure whether or not to expect a Britney Spears-esque “Gimme gimme” when I saw the title, but it just goes to show that you can’t judge a song on its name. “Gimme Your Love” is sweet, and has a beautiful arrangement that is sure to make you want to play it on repeat. Plus, it features two of my favorite things—group vocals and clapping!
“Golden” is cheeky, almost-sarcastic, and I love it. There is a “You and Me Against The World” tone, which takes a love song to a whole new level, turning lovers into partners in crime; a team. Like a modern version of “I Got You Babe,” it’s an enjoyable track, with a cute instrumental and witty lyrics.
“Hiding Place” plays like poetry. This is the song mothers should sing their babies; there is a lullaby-feel to it. It’s brilliantly innocent without being too naïve, and it’s refreshingly beautiful. This may be my favorite track, just because of how stunning the lyrics and melody are.
Continuing with a softer tone, Maher begins “I Do,” which also features a male guest vocalist. “No one’s gonna love you like I do,” the pair croon to each other. After one listen, couples at shows will suddenly have “their song.” It’s wonderfully executed and infectiously cute, without being overdone.
Last, but certainly not least, Euphorics ends with “Whispered Words.” In more ways than one, this track is haunting, if not mesmerizing. The piano alone is enough to make your ears perk up, but adding Holley Maher’s vocals to it makes it even more entrancing.
Throughout the entire EP, Maher’s vocals were outstanding and impressive. My only issue with it is that there aren’t enough songs! Euphorics is a delight to the ear, and an essential in an iTunes. For more information on Holley Maher, please click HERE.
by Liv Simister