Reviewed by Stella Redburn
This four-track EP showcases Mariette's distinctive style, which she describes as "a combination of cross-classical and inspirational worship." She was born in Leicester, but grew up in South Africa where she had classical vocal training. She says her music "reflects her relationship and journey with God" and her lyrics are based on "themes of encouragement and not giving up". She has written 3 of the tracks herself, but not the "Ave Maria" (attrib. Caccini), which she included just because she loves it. "Deep Calls To Deep" speaks of a real intimacy with God. The light, piano-based accompaniment, played by the EP's producer Mark Edwards, complements her genuine vocal talent. It is clear that Mariette has enough power to sing opera, but she uses the voice in a restrained and varied way. I liked "The Lord Is My Shepherd" very much. There is more interest in the accompaniment here, with bits of percussion, string sounds and keyboards and I like the unusual way she uses her voice, creating an attractive, relaxed sound. Her voice has been compared to that of Kate Bush, and there are times when she demonstrates a similarity of tone. "Over Version 2" is a re-working of a previous single she had, with new lyrics and orchestration. The words are a personal cry about a severed relationship.
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