Elsewhere is the debut album of Denai Moore, a british singer-songwriter. I was first introduced to her through her song “The Lake”, a somber piano driven tune. Carrying in the tradition of most of her releases Elsewhere is excellent. While there are things that can be improved, overall Elsewhere is excellent.
The album begins with “Piano Song” a slow-burning track that builds to a wonderful crescendo of an electric guitar solo. The chorus quickly tells the overall story of this album, she says “everything in love kills you”. This song really sets up the album well and shows off Denai’s voice and musical choices. “Blame” is one of my favorites and is like “The Lake” mainly driven by piano. Her emotion and delivery not only on this song, but the entire album is exceptional. It, to me, sounds honest, authentic, and as if there is actual emotion in the words.
“Detonate” is another favorite, I especially love the chorus and how everything comes in and works with her vocals. The chorus just comes together in a way that makes it really powerful. “Flaws” has this amazing guitar riff that runs throughout that captures the emotion found within Denai’s lyrics and vocals. The build up to the chorus is great, especially since the chorus is so gigantic compared to the verses.
“I Swore” is one of the most powerful songs on the album. Not only are the lyrics pretty heavy in their content, but Denai’s delivery on this song is probably the best on the album. Her inflection is absolutely perfect, and it makes everything bite especially in the bridge. “Feeling” is the most electronic song on the album, but it still somehow retains some of the most emotion on this album. Probably due to Denai’s stunning vocals.
“Never Gone” and “No Light” are much less electronic than the rest of the album. “Never Gone” has another awesome guitar riff that runs throughout, which is good since this song is practically only her vocals and it. “No Light” is emphatically my favorite song on this album. I love how it starts with her guitar and her vocal comes in so soft and emotional. The first chorus and her declaration of “there is no light here” is heart-wrenching. Then a piano comes in halfway through the second verse that runs away with the song and then builds into the second chorus with these wonderful horns. It is just so good! Then the breakdown with the harmonies is so perfect. The final chorus is so gigantic with everything coming in and really putting all of this power behind her vocal.
In closing: I love this album, the instrumentals, the arrangement, the mixing, and especially Denai’s vocals. There are a few things that I think could have been better, but most of it is extremely nitpicky. I know “No Light” will be on my list of favorite songs this year. Overall this album is excellent, especially for a debut.
by Addison Garry (@addisonagarry)