'Up and Coming', 'Ones To Watch', 'Breaking Act'. Each of these descriptions may have recently been applied to Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. This side of the pond 26 year old Grace, and her fellow Jesus haircut loving band mates, are relatively unknown. The Vermont based quintet have just released album number 5 after having what they describe as a 'Stylistic epiphany' which has enabled them to feel more comfortable in their own skin.
The newly found confidence is clearly evident in the first single from the album. 'Tiny Light' plays on all the influences of 60's and 70's Soul and Blues but in a measured and controlled way. The production is delicate enough to expose the fluid yet taught instrumentation whilst at the same time highlighting the joyous vocal tones that Miss Potter imbues with such character. As though projecting through this release a sense of turning a corner, Tiny Light is set to be a case of life imitating art........
'What will come of us today?
What we need we cannot say,
it's been a long, long time since I've been so afraid,
and as we all fall down it's hard
to see a brighter day, but.......I see a tiny light.'
The music may touch a little on Americana and Country but the voice is what wins through on what is a rather ordinary song to be chosen for single release. There are some articulate guitar licks as well as effective over-layered harmonies. The sensitive and emotive voice breaks at the edges of its reach like a Debra Winger cameo. An instrument that manages to recall Brat Pack era Demi Moore infused with a little Elkie Bookbinder is never going to be a bad thing.
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals have may have unconsciously entered your ears recently having been included on the OST for Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland. Expect to hear more as the year goes on. Radio friendly songs sung with a passionate, textured and 'lived in' vocal. 'Tiny Light', great voice.