Eryn Allen Kane Soars on 'Aviary Act II' EP
It’s hard to explain Eryn Allen Kane as anything other than intense — between her vocal ability and strong songwriting, Kane has been gradually asserting herself as an artist with the rare combination of talent, beauty, and artistic courage. Similar to artists like Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Andra Day, Eryn Allen Kane blends early Motown with gospel, and then adds on a rock edge. On her second EP Kane continues to flex her best asset, vulnerability, in everything from vocal cracks to lyrical content tapping into joy like on the vibrant “Honey” and pain on the previously released “How Many Times.” The latter was written as a rousing question on the nonsensical violence against young black youths, with Kane revealing that the song came to her after seeing the video footage of the shooting of Laquan McDonald. It is this artistically analytical eye and flare for originality that has drawn people as diverse as Prince and Chance the Rapper to her. Though she’s still stuck in the birdcage on this EP’s artwork, she appears to be closer to breaking free -- and if this is the music she makes while still in the cage, we can only imagine how extraordinary she’ll be once outside of the aviary.