Megan Washington is one of those artists that has been on the scene for some time. She has been making solid music however, has not yet stepped out into mainstream success. Let’s hope this is no longer the case – we all need a little more of this music in our lives.
Washington returns with her second studio album There There, following up the ARIA chart topping I Believe You Liar.
To say this album is solid would be an understatement. There is something extremely sophisticated about it – having the ability to draw you in and hold onto you for all of the tracks, only to have you by the end begging it not to let go.
‘My Heart Is A Wheel’ dances along through the verse and into the choruses. It’s a fun track and is matched by its quirky video, as seen below.
Megan Washington – My Heart Is A Wheel
‘Limitless’ continues the fun and upbeat sound and ‘Skyline’ has an opening few bars (about 8 seconds) that sounds reminiscent, in small, part to the melody of 80’s hit ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’, however this nostalgia is short lived and we are quickly taken on a different route entirely.
‘Begin Again’ slows us right down for an interlude and forms the requisite ballad track for this album. The piano driven ballad is a complete change in pace and style for the album and marks the turning point into the second half of the album. It mourns love with the perfect element of pathos. It’s been difficult to get this song off repeat.
‘Who Are You’ lifts us back up to prepare us for the next part of the journey and leads us into what should be the next single, ‘Get Happy’ – it’s chart topping single material. A big fan right now of the 80’s resurgence of up-tempo beats and synths this has that and more.
In an age of minimal attention spans and albums that are AWESOME for about as long as a singles’ running time, Washington is one of those artists that transcends this and delivers music that is to be appreciated. Drawing from her Jazz roots, you can hear the clever mix of vocals, beats and instrumentals.
One radio broadcaster said to me recently that Washington is ‘the real deal’ and he was absolutely right. Like artists Sia and Tori Amos, they all write music that is easily relatable, but has that extra layer and depth that propels their music beyond the mass produced garb that is in abundance, delivering music that will be appreciated now and in the future.
Megan Washington – Limitless