Megan Irvine on “Gemini”: Pop with poignant themes, and weeping guitars
Megan Irvine, a singer-songwriter, blends Americana and folk influences in her music– citing Paramore, City And Colour, and Kacey Musgraves as her influences, she manages to bring together quite a sound on her latest single, “Gemini”, from her debut album, “Sleepwalker”. Keep reading for my thoughts!
Armed with a guitar and her self-taught skill at it, the drums and her voice, Megan starts off “Gemini” on a strong, poignant tone as she explores themes of soft melancholy and introspection from the get go. The drums sound well placed together, holding the rhythm of the song steady as the guitars and the pads build layer over layer on top.
Megan’s voice is the highlight here– with her gentle, soft storytelling voice coming really into character when she talks about these themes on Gemini; with the lush, clean guitar parts forming a beautiful melody that found itself occupying rent-free space in my mind– and I mean this in the best ways possible.
The production on “Gemini” remains beautifully minimalistic, with four main elements– the pads, the drums, the acoustic and electric guitar, and Megan’s voice. All these elements sit together rather beautifully in the song, and they all come together, tied into one another by lush, expansive reverbs and tight, polished processing that punches way above what the sheer number of instruments may have suggested. The execution of the production and the mix successfully elevates the listening experience of this track, to the point where I found myself just randomly throwing it on my queue, for my own enjoyment.
All in all, Megan Irvine has a winner with “Gemini”, and it successfully tells you a story with its own grace, and leaves itself stuck in your mind– and rightfully so. Check out the song here!