By Miles Hurley
“Can’t you see I’m going through changes? I’m just trying to see how wide the range is…” In these opening lines to her newest single “Cherry Pie,” vocalist Shira Elias might as well be referring to her imminent emergence as a solo music artist. Best known as one of two backup singers for scene favorite, powerhouse funk band Turkuaz, Elias now seems ready to enter the music world as a dynamic individual name. The new single, which was released earlier this week and which is the second track to be released off of Elias’ forthcoming debut solo EP, Goods, confirms this possibility in grand style.
“Cherry Pie” is all at once alluring, inviting, and mysterious, and subtly blends together a neo-soul feel with the sounds of pop and jazz. Opening guitar riffs, which are actually played by Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds’ Sasha Brown, trade back and forth with smooth electronic beats. Elias’ pristine voice meanwhile cascades up and down across intriguing chord changes, before finally exploding into full pop mode in repeating moments of impassioned crescendo. As she sings about love and new life, it’s not far off to draw comparisons here between the singer and legendary voices like Prince, Cyndi Lauper, Amy Winehouse.
Altogether “Cherry Pie” is a majestic effort that leaves us dying to hear the rest of Goods, which comes out officially on May 29. Elias has also announced that Goods will be met with a follow up EP to be released later this year, called Services. The two EP titles are taken from the name for the musical outfit Elias founded recently, Shira Elias’ Goods and Services.
Listen to “Cherry Pie” here below, and for more information, head to Shira Elias’ official Facebook page here.