Maylee Todd Offers Escapology
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Choose Your Own Adventure was quite the ambitious effort from Canadian singer/songwriter Maylee Todd. It pretty much threw a monkey wrench into my existence when I heard it back in 2011, as it was zany and filled with abstract sounds that were definitely ripe for my eclectic pallet and made me think of Todd as sort of a distant cousin to the likes of Janelle Monae and Nelly Furtado. In short, she was my new best friend in my head. It's lovely to see that she has followed up the album with Escapology, yet another fireball of a set that further shows the prismatic makings of her along with highlighting ways she has grown artistically from her debut.
Lead-off singles, the swinging horn-infused "Baby's Got It" and punchy "Hieroglyphics" are the showstoppers, as is the Stevie Wonder-esque, "First and Last" and "I Can't Stand It", a string-laden soul comfort suite that is just itching to be slow danced too. I was quite surprised at Escapeology adopting a more 70's soul-lite disco vibe with a few whisper folk touches ("Clementine's Nights") and blue lights in the basement confessionals ("I Tried") in the mix. Still Maylee is Maylee as she pulls from her sleeve The Pointer Sisters "Pinball Number Count" and if you grew up with Sesame Street like I did you'll recognize it as the funkiest way to count numbers in history, and Todd keeps it just as funky with wa-wa bass lines and scattering percussion. Awesome.
Escapology is available for purchase over at Maylee Todd's Bandcamp spot, and I for one, highly recommend you gather up some coins and give it a spin.
[H/T: Muphoric Sounds]