Ember Swift

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A companion to her full-length live album, The Wage Is the Stage, Ember Swift delivers more of the quirky funk and political, socially conscious folk songs she's been producing for quite some time. From the opening, Mental Breakdown, with Lyndell Montgomery on violin, the music is very similar and an obvious callback to the early days of fellow folkie Ani DiFranco. Most of the songs are free flowing and have a live, exploratory jam feel to them, particularly the softer, jazz-oriented "There, in Me," dedicated to Swift's mother. Her voice shines throughout most of the tunes when she allows herself to veer from the rhythmic, almost rap-like political rants. The rapid shift in genres also proves to be an invaluable asset, effortlessly moving from jazz to rock to the Celtic-hued rockabilly arrangements of "Fatty, Fatty." A brief look into a consummate Canadian coffeehouse folk pro.

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