The Red Headed Indian has a wonderful sound full of light and emotion that is both comforting and inspiring. With elements of classic clear female vocals with a few fuzzy edges, the Red Headed Indian created an album that will please many music lovers. Her style is familiar and engaging. You feel like you’ve heard her before even though you know you haven’t.
The first track “January” is about the month’s coldness and personified character. At times highlighting the kick drum and driving beat, while other times letting the lead vocal soar. It’s a great start to the album, generating a “vibe” that is sustained throughout.
“A Broken Heart” follows. Using a similar vocal effect, her voice seems to fly above the guitar. The lyrics are captivating and draw the listener into a world that most are familiar with – that of heartbreak. Dropping the crispness from her vocals at times, she comes across more as a New York city lounge singer at times, but with the effect of a late-90s alt rock singer. It all folds together nicely for an esoteric if engaging sound.
The title track “Honey” leads with a piano rather than guitar, but does a great job of revealing the sweet and sometimes tart qualities of the Red Headed Indian. Having a bit more of a jazzy flavor, the backbeat of the song keeps toes tapping. It’s ultimately a conversation between lovers with only one side present. The emotion captured in the song is contagious. Oh and there’s a surprise at the end of the track… but as surprises go I don’t want to give it away here.
“From Colorado” is, appropriately, a Western feeling song. It’s also a big song. It has full band and big volume and aggressive vocals. It has little lyrical references to guns and blood stains that make listeners have visions of the Wild West. That said, it’s not really about a foreign time or place. It’s about the here and now. It’s driving and powerful, but still something that listeners can connect with in the 21st century.
The track “You” brings the sound back down to earth, being much more calm and contemplative. Probably the most sophisticated track on the album, there are elements of Caroline Kingsbury’s proud soulful vocal layered with an intriguing folk chord and rhythm progression. At times there’s something positively tribal about the song as it gets rolling, but it still feels like the smartest song on the album.
The EP finishes with “Please Come Home,” a woman’s lament toward her man. “What I need is you.” It’s a bluesy, powerful ballad. It’s the most radio-ready track on the album and, frankly, could stand with the best of Adele or other power female vocalists out today. There’s something really genuine about Kingsbury’s sound. She reminds listeners of some sort of timeless quality. A little more Grace Potter than Janis Joplin, the Red Headed Indian sings with an evident conviction that pushes her from note to note throughout each heartfelt track on the album.
This is an album that introduces an absolute force of a vocalist. The production quality is excellent for the style of album and overall sound. Too stripped down wouldn’t do Kingsbury’s power justice, but overproduction would have covered her. Instead, it all balances for a nice, beautiful sound. This is an album readers should be eager to share with friends. It’s exciting and provides ample evidence of an artist about to “take off.” Share her art with everyone because she’s the real deal.