HYBRID EP REVIEW by The Equal Ground, Jamie Funk
“Last year Miss Elm released Idle Away and it was a respectable offering from the band. Erin Harrington had an attractive lead vocal and the song worked well together. Idle Away was a solid intro but their recent release Hybrid is in every way a step up. The songs feel more open, the writing is better and there are more engaging arrangements. I could go on.
The songs on Hybrid are ultimately pop songs that contain a lot of upbeat energy. The diverse and unique instrumentation is a very welcome aspect of the music. Take for example the first track “Bitter,” which combines a copious amount of tones and frequencies in a kinetic concoction of sounds. The track has a lot of energy regardless of the lead vocals but Harrington breaks it to the next level. Her delivery is like a shot of adrenaline. She sings with passion and emotion. You can tell she is excited to sing what she does”
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Live Review from our Single Launch @ Black Bear Lodge (Brisbane) 11 July
Miss Elm, Belltalk, Amela
Miss Elm took to the stage bringing sparkle, light and enthusiasm with them. If I saw someone going down the road on roller-skates and licking an ice-block I would say they probably have Miss Elm on their iPod. They got everyone dancing with their single Growing Pains and other songs from their soon to be released EP Idle Away. The instruments swapped throughout the set from melodica, to ukulele to flute, keeping everyone on their toes. They even threw in a cover of Lorde’s song Royals with the two girls engaging in a duet together. Erin’s operatic vocals soar upward adding to their quirky sound, with a little lyrical edginess to top it all off. It reminds me of Kate Miller-Heidke and maybe there’s a little Regina Spektor in the mix too, but I like my roller-skate description better.
By Lauren P
Live Review of our show @The Oxford Arts Factory (Gallery Bar) in Sydney, April 2013.
Warchief, Little Napier, Miss Elm
Oxford Art Factory
The elfin Miss Elm took the stage amidst the cluster of level 100 hipsters (most of whom had their backs turned – too busy stroking their beards) but though she be small, the songstress took control and like a sugar-pumped toddler began cooing and ‘ahhing’ with such a genuine bliss, most couldn’t help but turn around. Her combination of chirping vocals and disjointed notes (with a melodica thrown in there) was the perfect skipping start to break the musical drought.
By Natasha Lee, for full article click here
“Idle Away” Ep Review by Traxx Radio:
“This four-track release is a pleasant surprise with a surge of instrumentation right from the first track ‘Growing Pains.’ The song is full of energy and is a perfect example of experimentation of new sounds and styles that far too many artists seem afraid to try.
With a sprinkle of Regina Spektor, a splash of Kate Miller-Heidke and perhaps a dash of Sarah Blasko, Miss Elm has developed an amalgamation of each to produce a fresh and unforgettable sound. This creativity produces an addictive force within the EP that makes you want to listen again and again.
The second track has us head into ‘Space’ and brings us back into the true vocal form that seasoned fans would be familiar with. The pace quickens again in the third track with ‘Baby Song.’ This catchy tune reinforces the progression she has made since her initial releases including the traxx Top 50 hit ‘2nd Hand.”
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Make Like A Tree
By Jody Macgregor – www.thebrag.com – April 8th 2013
“Most creatives have some mortifying juvenilia, whether it’s sad poems or embarrassing novellas about how being dumped is the saddest thing that has happened in the history of sad things happening to people. Someone who has been keeping a kind of musical diary from an early age must have some skeletons in the closet, surely? “I think maybe if I still have a MySpace page?” Harrington suggests. “They might be there. I don’t even know if it’s operating anymore.” It is and they are, but disappointingly they’re not very cringeworthy. There’s even a song called ‘See Through Skin’ about baring your soul that discusses the distinction between sharing your thoughts and your feelings in a way that’s remarkably mature.”
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Q and A by The Aussie Playlist
FEATURE | DON’T be fooled by this innocent face – Miss Elm is ready to take on the world, and once she has she’ll probably write a song about it – Read Full Article Here
Submitted by Emily Wellstead, 30/03/12
Submitted by Kat Hunter, Wed, Feb 8/2012 on Press Record
Kate Miller-Heidke andWashington fans rejoice; the void in the Brisbane music scene left by these departed song birds has been filled with Miss Elm’s latest EP.
Featuring four piano driven indie rock gems, Miss Elm is sure to impress both KMH and Washington fans alike with her breezy, charming, jazz infused pop, complete with sweet yet strong vocals and quirky melodies. The EP is full of lyrical highlights such as 2nd Hand’s charmingly cruel yet relatable lines such as ‘I like someone else, they’re much better in every way than you, but because they’re so damn indecisive, you will have to do’, with Miss Elm easily switching between octaves for emphasis. The one drawback of the EP is its tendency to be a bit repetitive, with Miss Elm resting on her jazz roots and predictable lyrical progressions. Whilst Miss Elm suitably fills the quirky indie-pop gap, she doesn’t seem to expand or offer anything new or groundbreaking to the genre. However, this really is probably is a bit harsh, as for a new entrant to the local scene, Miss Elm really has managed to release a well thought out and polished EP, with some catchy hooks which will no doubt add to her growing fan base.
“The band hammered out a series of room-filling, enchantingly quirky alternative-pop tracks. Particularly charming was Changes, the final track they played. The upbeat intensity of the first two minutes of the song before stripping it all back to a melodica solo in the interlude made this song one of the most entertaining and enjoyable performances I have seen all year.”