When Prince died the future and mentorship of multiple artists was thrown into question - KING, Judith Hill, and so many more. I specifically wanted to talk about Eryn Allen Kane, a singer from Detroit who worked with Prince on her Aviary Act I&II EPs.
While Act II is good, especially the first three tracks, I find it to be weaker that Act I. The song that immediately grabbed me was “Have Mercy” (side note: the black and white filter used for the music video is perfect) an almost completely a capella song that utilizes Kane’s voice to fill the track.
The song is absolutely gorgeous. The melody she weaves from the many parts included is fantastic and it will stay on your mind because of its forlorn nature. The structure of the song is also laid out extremely well, with variations from part to part and large changes in dynamic range. The quiet disappointment of when she begins to sing, “We try,” at the end is one of the most chilling parts of an otherwise bleak song.
The time period that the song was made within is also important to note. Made around the time that Freddie Gray died and the subsequent unrest that happened within Baltimore. You can feel the obvious sadness and hopelessness that she felt when crafting the song and that is its biggest asset. It has such a clear emotional weight to it that the listener can’t but help to feel it as well.
by Addison Garry