Artist Watch: Mara Hruby Is 'Just One Of The Guys'

Thursday, December 16, 2010

To interrupt all the jingle bells and festive synth strokes that are closing the end of the year, let's mellow things out with some good old fashion hot buttered soul...

One of my followers on Tumblr posted about a brand new talent from the Bay Area named, Mara Hruby and I had to take notice considering  A) I love a new voice, B) she did an EP of cover songs, and C) all the songs she covered on the EP were done first by males. Sort of what Tori Amos did on Strange Little Girls back in 2001. Still, I'm always intrigued when the sexes change on cover songs, it just adds a little zing to the listening experience. Gazing at the tracklisting of her debut EP, From Her Eyes there was instant impress for the talent that she chose to cover. All 7 tracks are dedicated to covers from The Roots, Van Hunt, Bob Marley, Jamiroquai, Mos Def, D'Angelo and Andre 3000. All favorites of mine, and also favorites of Mara since she chose these particular tracks to reflect a specific moment in her life. With a kindred musical ear, I of course hopped on over to her Bandcamp page and took a listen. With only hearing mere minutes of her take on Van Hunt's "Character", there were no doubts, the download link was clicked. There was an instant love for her low-key soulful execution to the covers along with her rich vocal delivery. Plus, the fact that anyone who can tackle Mos Def's "The Panties" with a lo-fi jazz scat slant is a winner in my book. For those who are looking for a new alternative soul voice to worship, Hruby is your girl and hopefully we'll be hearing more from this up n' comer. So lend your ears to hear what I mean below and then scoot yourself over to the download link (it's free!) for the full EP experience.

The Panties (Mos Def cover) 

Take Off Your Cool (Andre 3000 cover)

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