For a three-song EP from a young songwriter, Blueberry Pie is a rather ambitious debut, and with a rather distinctive sound on the Peterborough scene. Each of the three songs tell personal stories in evocative, poetic lyrics, set against a chamber-pop backdrop of piano and strings, and only the occasional guitar.
There is an odd shapelessness to these songs, which meander and take unexpected turns—but I’m tempted to call this intentional, a more expressionist style of songwriting, rolling with internal emotional changes rather than sticking to a standard pop verse-chorus structure. It can be disorienting, but so can our inner lives.
It’s also worth noting that this is a gorgeous-sounding record, particularly for a debut EP. Edwards has chosen notably ambitious instrumentations, but each element, including her sweet crystalline vocals, are recorded and mixed with a lovely balance that shows off their individual textures and how they play together so wonderfully.
Mary-Kate Edwards’ Blueberry Pie is available for purchase on iTunes.
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