The Emotional Power Of Ethel Cain Made Me A Believer Thought+Photos: Ethel Cain at This Ain't No Picnic 8/27/22
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“…When I first listened to Ethel Cain’s album Preacher’s Daughter earlier this year, I was gobsmacked. It’s not often that one can form an indelible impression of a recording artist through the virgin-listen of their debut studio album… but that’s what happened to me. From the opening track, “Family Tree”, I was drawn into Ethel Cain’s seemingly tumultuous world. The pain. The violence. The longing. All couched in a rich alternative pop soundscape. I was hooked.
Clearly, Ethel’s performance at This Ain’t No Picnic was high on my list of “must-sees”. I even abandoned my writer who was more interested in seeing Courtney Barnett perform at the same time. I love Courtney Barnett’s music… I had to see for myself whether this artist could bring all of the emotion she brings to a track like “A House In Nebraska” to the stage. Ethel nailed it.
Not only was she vocally on point, but she was able to leave a sizable impression on the crowd who came through to see her perform. While she doesn’t move around the stage all too much … at least she didn’t for this mid-afternoon set… her voice soared in the open air and captured both attention and imagination. She’s effortless when she sings… almost lackadaisical… but her subtle energy behind each lyric makes the depth and meaning of what she sings stick to your soul. I was a big fan of Ethel Cain’s music prior to this performance. I’m a big fan of Ethel Cain now…”
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