Here And Now

IN­DE­PEN­DENT

Australian Guitar - - Cd Reviews - MATT DO­RIA

For a tran­scen­den­tal 30 min­utes, the indie­pop Vic­to­rian blazes through ado­les­cent love and emo­tional growth with a sharp dex­ter­ity. Ray’s vo­cals – vivid and force­ful, car­ried by lyrics that fuse con­ver­sa­tional mus­ings with po­etic wal­lops – reign over sound­scapes lit­tered with op­u­lent strings and at­mo­spher­ics that truly al­low her to shine. Gui­tars are rarely a fo­cal point, but they’re un­doubt­edly strong and con­sis­tently cap­ti­vat­ing. It’s lu­di­crous to think this is only the 20­year­old’s sec­ond EP: the gor­geous pro­duc­tion, iri­des­cent song­writ­ing and Ray’s un­fal­ter­ing abil­ity to keep her lis­tener en­thralled for a full five min­utes at a time dis­play a vir­tu­os­ity that su­per­sedes some of the most es­tab­lished names in the game to­day.

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