Elesa Marmo – Clear Blue EP 
Elesa Marmo - Clear Blue EP

Release Date: 26th January 2017

I’m not sure about the wisdom of naming an EP after a pregnancy test but I guess there are fewer and fewer suitable EP names left out there these days and maybe it’s called something different in the States. Nonetheless, Long Island’s Elesa Marmo presents her ‘Clear Blue’ EP and it is a thing of beauty beyond it’s humble appearance. Opening track ‘Bottled’ throbs in to life as a little alt-pop gem of a love song that pulses and bounces with energy, hope and nervous optimism. By contrast ‘Swimming Pools’ opens with a gentle, clean acoustic riff that is has a Norah Jones vibe but with a slicker pop edge and a clean, summery feel to it.

On ‘Summer Is Over’ the acoustic notes take a more sombre tone and this feels like a broken-down version of a Taylor Swift or Carly Rae Jepson heartbreak anthem and it’s hard not to get drawn in to this homespun world of heartache and endings. The EP closes, ironically, with ‘Square One’ and that synth throb from the opening track is back with a little menace and more than a sense of punch about it. The beats and tempo are pure 80s pop while the vocals, as throughout this whole EP, are pure, on point and superbly delivered. Elesa Marmo has pulled together the perfect calling card on this EP, showing off her variety, versatility and ability to with stunning impact so that’s a positive from me (a little pregnancy joke for you there).

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