The minute the sun shines the entire country seems to abandon their commitment to cable knit jumpers and ankle boots. This reorganisation of wardrobes is often accompanied by a slight alteration in music choices. As the sun goes straight to the heads of the public there seems to be a need for a lighter, more inviting sound from our playlists. Enter, Liz Seaver.
‘Turbulent Bliss’, the Dubliner’s second album, is a collection of folky gems. The vibe of the entire album is captured by the dreamy guitar solo at the opening of Inside Out. True, at times Seaver finds it hard to balance the quality of her lyrics with the music particularly in the half-baked I Knew. Voice Inside on the other hand is a real accomplishment for the hands-on musician, exposing the listener to her warm vocals and talent as a song-writer.
As the tracks progress the mood changes from being almost carefree to becoming more dense and mature. The moments when she holds back instrumentally and allows her voice to flourish are truly breath-taking and it would be brave to question her vocal ability. Throughout there is evidence of all of Seaver’s musical influences and she does herself much justice when she arrives at a more serious blues sound on Exposed. The album closes with the intimate Little Song, leaving the listener satisfied by the journey they’ve just embarked upon.
Unlike some of the hasty fashion choices which will be made by the Irish this summer, ‘Turbulent Bliss’ will neither end in extreme farmers tan nor bruised feet from flip-flops and hailstones. Although weak in places, if nothing else the twenty-six year old hints to the listener that she is capable of producing great work. She has built well on the foundations of her first album. There are definitely worse decisions that could be made this summer than listening to Liz Seaver’s creation .