Vanessa Murray has been quietly biding her time on the Liverpool music scene, just out of the spotlight’s glare, intriguing enough people and entertaining many more with her ability to support many a musician, notably the great Alan O’ Hare as part of the Only Child project or fellow aspiring musicians from LIPA. It is a spotlight that has dazzled and impressed and now finally, a set of songs that have been carefully knitted together are to be set forth on the world.
It’s About Time, as most things are in this world, for a light revolution, a reflection and insight into a young woman’s mind and a series of songs that just capture the mood with serious beauty and questions that go far beyond what it means to be a woman in a world still predominantly ruled by men and the nature of relationships, the love and sometimes perplexing choices we make.
It’s About Time is a reflection of the honest endeavour found in the vast majority of young aspiring artists in the city, of the talent they have and wish to share with the world and perhaps to some who find the door not just shut, but in many cases welded airtight and padlocked. It is the same in relationships as it is in art and Vanessa Murray takes those feelings and brings the five songs that make up the EP out into the open, to be digested and understood, to be seen as a young woman’s frankness about she feels and the emotions that like a genie struggling against the top of his long incarceration, are about time to be feel the force of the natural air and not the self contained prison we all place ourselves in.
The five songs, I Don’t Want To Lose You Like This, the excellent Fire That Burns within, World’s Apart, Thanks To You and the EP’s title track, are not just tracks burned in hope, played with ambition, they are a demand placed down and to be taken notice of. These are five songs that stipulate that the spotlight, so skilfully deflected whilst she got to the point where the craft was being learned, is now and with just cause upon her own songs and not what she brings to other groups or other musician’s timetables.
It is about time after all, how much we make use of it whilst we are here, for Vanessa Murray, time has been well spent.
Ian D. Hall was brought up in Birmingham and spent the vast majority of his teenage years in Bicester, near Oxford. He grew up loving music from a very early years.
In the last ten years Ian has written reviews for the Birmingham Evening Mail, Liverpool Live, Chris High and the University of Liverpool’s L.S. Media web site. For the last year of his graduate degree he was joint Arts Editor for L.S. Media and it has been his privilege to write on many of the arts in Liverpool, Merseyside, the U.K. and the rest of the World, having reviewed gigs as far as away as Poland and Canada.
Liverpool has been his home for the last eight years and is without doubt the most vibrant, most cultural part of the UK. His love of music and theatre has led him to see great bands and plays, not just in Liverpool but the wider artistic community. His dearest music loves are Punk, Progressive Rock, Metal, Rock, folk and pop.
Ian D. Hall graduated from the University of Liverpool in June 2012 with a degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English. He now edits the Liverpool Sound and Vision website.