Lil Rice & Ollie Clark 'Waltz For Mumma'
Beauty in simplicity - a worthy mantra when it comes to music. Easier to say than do, however; such ambition requires a certain kind of talent, for when facile musical adornments are shed, simplicity can equal exposure for those with less-than-pure creative hearts. No such worries, however, for the U.K's Lil Rice & Ollie Clark. Both blessed with individual skills that come from a place of bone-deep feeling and emotion - Rice on vocals, and Clark on guitar - the duo embody the most meaningful of artistic intents and talents.
Drawing on blues, country and folk influences, they together conjure a mood that cuts straight to the soul with a genuinely heartfelt authenticity. With Clark's genre-spanning touch on guitar guiding the way, Rice simply surrenders to the passions and sensitivities that stir deep in her being. Articulated through the raspy, soulful wonder of her arresting vocal tone and texture, the unrestrained emotion and cathartic abandon of Rice's delivery proves to be utterly compelling in its potency and sincerity. Reminding of the talent that first caught our attention a couple of years ago, here they are poignantly called home by the spirits of the great blues/soul songstresses in 'Waltz For Mumma'.