“Everything is gonna be alright,” Meg Mac assures us on ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves,’ opening her debut EP with a decidedly optimistic note. A singer based in Melbourne, Australia, Megan McInerney began writing the songs on MEGMAC
as a teenager. Now in her early 20s, she took her time with the tracks, making sure they were strong enough lyrically and musically to give listeners the best introduction to her sound.
The core element of MEGMAC
is definitely McInerney's incredible voice. Often accompanied by only some simple percussion and a piano, she delivers soulful and infectious melodies. Smooth tones and brooding instrumentals combine to create a sultry sound somewhere between R&B, soul and alternative pop.
‘Every Lie’ is the most instant tune on the EP. It features driving rhythms that swell into a fantastic, danceable groove. The highlight of the release is undeniably ‘Grandma's Hands,’ however. It begins quite minimal – just her voice and some handclaps – gradually adding textures until its passionate climax, Meg's powerful voice belting out the lyrics.
Although the songs on MEGMAC
may be a little too similar to one another, at only 5 tracks and a less than 20 minute runtime, it refrains from overstaying its welcome.
Meg's music might feel very familiar as well, clearly showing a fondness for the likes of James Blake, yet it's distinct enough to not sound like a complete imitation.
This groovy little EP serves as a great beginning for Meg Mac, setting up exciting things for the future. Despite lacking a wholly distinct identity, Megan McInerney's debut release bodes well; with a hotly anticipated full-length expected some time during 2016, Meg Mac has started making a name for herself.