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    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:08:22

    Meg Mac Receives EP of the Week for her Self-Titled Debut - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    Meg Mac’s eponymous five-song EP [300 Entertainment] is EP of the Week. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, the singer and songwriter has drummed up quite a considerable buzz in North America already. She went from being showcased on Triple J Unearthed to enchanting SXSW this year every time she hit the stage. However, it’s the Meg Mac EP which loudly and distinctly announces her arrival as one of 2015’s most important new artists.

    Meg wields her voice like a weapon. She can be vitally vulnerable and soulfully searing often within the space of the same track. It’s as if she took Motown Detroit Down Under, added a dash of modern alternative, and then cooked up her own sweet sonic gumbo. It can be inspirational, cutting through the clouds with a silver lining on the piano-driven “Roll Up Your Sleeves.”

    It can be darkly introspective on the searing “Every Lie,” or it can be earth-shatteringly bluesy as it is on the ominous and mind-blowing cover of Bill Withers’ “Grandma’s Hands.”

    At the same time, “Turning” feels delightful, while “Known Better” reaches heights of gospel-size elegance and bombast.

    She leads with that voice too. It’s the center of this universe, drawing everything to it with a magnetic pull that’s otherworldly. There are very few voices out there with this sort of power. You can hear it in the heavy hitters like Adele and Alicia Keys, but it’s been quite some time since a fresh face emerged with this much vocal gusto. There’s been no one else who could take the mic and breathe this amount of soul into it.

    Meg received all of the requisite accolades back home, and now she’s primed to replicate that worldwide. The Meg Mac EP is simply the beginning. Just take one listen to her voice, and you’ll know it too.

    Rick Florino

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