Following last year's well-received year's EP, Dublin's Meljoann is back, with her first full-length affair and, as we have come to expect from her, this is very much a one woman show. Ever the multi-tasker, all of the vocals, choruses, instrumentations and electronic samplers on Squick come from her and her alone.
As well as being a multi-instrumentalist, she is also a sound engineer and producer and did all of the mixing herself. Joyfully, her solo vision is excellently judged, and this long-player further establishes her own distinctive sound.
Cutting edge and inventive electro weaves in and out of R n B structures and elements of dance but, crucially, amid the genre hopping, the bleeps and knob twiddling, everything is held together perfectly by delicious choruses and Meljoann's ear for a beautiful melody. This isn't eclecticism for eclecticism's sake, but rather the Irish songwriter creating her own rather unique vision.
Expect to hear plenty more from Meljoann. If she remains as inventive as this, then hearing more from her will be a very welcome thing indeed.
Review by Bobby Townsend. Stream the album below: