Mature music for mature people, Getintothis’ Shaun Ponsonby takes a look at Christina Malley’s Esco Williams-produced tracks.
Christina Malley might not be a name immediately familiar to those checking out gigs every week on the Liverpool scene, but hopefully one day soon it will be. She has posted two songs from what appears to be a larger project, Let Me In and Fall. Each of these songs have largely minimalist production, which puts her soulful vocals squarely centre stage.
What production does exist adds shades of colour and atmosphere, a dreamy backdrop to Malley’s voice. It is perhaps a little too creative a metaphor, but there is a slight autumn feel.
Production duties on these tracks come from GIT favourite Esco Williams, the MOBO-winning Liverpool R&B artist who is also mentor to MOBO-winning Liverpool R&B/pop group (and GIT Award 2016 nominees) MiC Lowry. He also provides backing vocals, which add real warmth to the tracks and extenuate the autumn feel mentioned above.
Both of these songs have been earning quiet but very real praise. They may not be Malley’s first foray into making music, but it definitely feels like she has found her niche. This is mature music for mature people.
But perhaps the greatest compliment is that it is difficult to pinpoint exact influences. This very much sounds like its creator’s work through and through, and we wait to see what else Malley has up her sleeve…