Secret Meeting score: 82
by Joseph Purcell
After setting up Ok Pal Records with fellow Scottish based musician and best friend Hailey Beavis, American born Faith Eliott releases their debut LP, Impossible Bodies, through their newly formed imprint. Initially devised as a way to share their own music with the world, Eliott hopes that Ok Pal will eventually become a vehicle for other DIY artists looking for their break into the wider social conscience.
Elliot, who is a self-described creator of arts and zines, is without doubt the real deal – their unbounded talents are displayed throughout Impossible Bodies in a perfect marriage of heartfelt lyrics, beautifully encapsulating vocals and exquisite melody.
Opener, Carl Sagan Cosmos Song, is a fragile ode to the anxiety busting properties of the universe, geology and colour changing squid; it is a sparsely decorated track of gentle vocal moments oer a singular warm acoustic guitar, and is evocative of The Moldy Peaches more subtle musings or Laura Marling’s early stripped back works.
Eliott’s shimmering musicanship glimmers throughout single Loomis, which floats upon a delicate piano and competing string section; its changing impetus and direction feeling like a smooth summer breeze lost in a solitary expanse of space. Monkey & Flea propels itself over crashing moments of depth, while Grouper, Eliott’s song about an aquarium, cascades in a dance of joy around bittersweet musings, pitched to a soaring choir.
Throughout Impossible Bodies, Eliott demonstrates supreme talent, and it’s one that should be cherished. This is one of the year’s most vital new releases, and proves Eliott’s unique outlook definitely deserves more attention.