With Creatures of My Mind, Sobi Thurairatnam has presented herself as a wistful, delicate singer-songwriter effortlessly weaving gossamer acoustic guitar with sanguine vocals in this wonderful second EP. The record opens with warm, inviting guitar sounds ushering in the first track All In My Head, a Ben Howard-esque introduction to Sobi’s vibrant mind. The songstress’s vocals are reminiscent of the Soderberg sisters – delicate but with an impressive range, they compliment the instrumentation marvellously. Gorgeous waves of vocal harmony linger throughout the track which give it that extra dimension and make it a really charming opening song. Next up is Devil, the highlight of the EP. Its unpretentious opening invites layers of harmony and melody, with a strong chorus it really opens up and evolves into a brilliant track. The introduction of orchestral strings after the first chorus is an extremely welcome surprise, adding weight and richness to the song in a way that only the most self-assured of artists could. I mean who uses strings on their independent EP?! It’s great.
Just Like You is the third track, opening with a confident acoustic riff and lovely vocal harmonies, although it’s not the EP’s strongest track. It becomes a little repetitive, it could perhaps have done with being about 30 seconds shorter, and with no other instrumentation to give it that extra layer of texture it certainly lacks in substance. Snake, the EP’s fourth and final track, is perhaps Sobi’s most lyrically reflective moment. A story of lamented love is more than common, but the lyrics manage to stand up and make for a strong final track.
The record is surprisingly well produced for a self released effort – the production of Joshua Hall makes this a polished debut EP, although at points sacrificing atmosphere for production value. It almost feels a little too polished at times, a more organic sound in terms of production would really lend itself to Sobi’s style. The aforementioned style is relflected in the whimsical, vibrant album art by Hannah Wheeler – the cover is beautifully crafted, with a real intimate, personal touch which reflects the whole record wonderfully. All in all this is a delicate, self-assured, stripped down effort which promises great things from Sobi in the near future.
The EP release night for Creatures in My Mind is on April 5th at the Anchor Coffee House, Manchester.