Review: Heather Metherell
AT THE moment it may seem that the only female musicians Australia
produces are pouting, posing popstresses such as Kylie Minogue
and Holly Valance. But all this is about to change.
If its original song writing and raw musical talent youre
after, look no further than Butterfly Boucher and her debut album,
It is impressive in many ways. From the energy, ideas and fantastic,
sparkling songs, to the fact that Butterfly arranged and played
every instrument on the album.
There is strength and power to her voice that will wake up your
ears after the whispery whining of Dido and her imitators.
After a childhood spent in the remote outback of Australia, Butterfly
travelled Europe with her brothers and sisters while they toured
and performed in their own street theatre.
Influences of this are shown in the video to her single I
Cant Make Me (which she wrote and directed) as
Butterfly mimes her love/hate relationship with the microphone,
surrounded by a playful Greek chorus.
I Cant Make Me is probably the most
poppy of the tracks on the album, but is outstanding nevertheless.
A twinkling piano plays over strict rhythmical guitars, which
lead into a melody so catchy you will be humming it for days.
Another White Dash has a little more bite. The verse trips
you up with the syncopated rhythm played to dark electric guitars,
contrasting completely with the melody happily sailing away on
flurrying strings for the chorus.
Other great tracks include Soul Back, and A Walk Outside,
both of which show off multi-instrumental talents to the full.
It would be sad to see Butterfly dismissed as another girl
with a guitar; its quite clear from this debut that
she is much more than that.
Her music is tuneful enough to appeal to fans of more mainstream
artists, but has a unique edge to it that sets her and this wonderful
debut album apart.