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Moya - Lost And Found (Single Review)

Monday, 25 June 2012 Written by Emma Dodds
Moya - Lost And Found (Single Review)

There's not really much to be said about 21 year old singer Moya at the moment. No reflection on her as an artist, there's just genuinely not a lot on the internet about her at the moment. This will all change though, once her single 'Lost and Found' is released.

ImageIt starts off with a very interesting guitar riff, definitely slightly U2-ish. I think it's the slight echo effect on the guitar that gives it this feeling; you can almost feel The Edge listening with pride. When Moya starts singing, her voice is quite breathy, almost tentative, but decisive. Her voice feels almost familiar, but I know I have definitely not heard of her before. It vaguely resembles Duffy, but less whiney and nasal (no offence Duffy!)

I realise with the first chord of the chorus that I do actually like this song. It's a slow starter, and I was definitely hooked on listening on through to the end by the start of the song, but it's not until the chorus that I really start to appreciate it. Also, at this point, I realise the other similarity that I couldn't quite put my finger on before: 'Uninvited' by Alanis Morissette. If you're not familiar with the name, listen to it and you will know it. And if you don't - you should!

Nothing major has happened at the chorus (apart from my epiphany). You get the feeling that this song is building up to something huge at the end, like a big "oh THERE you go!" moment, but that for now we must wait and be patient.

The verse inherits the drums that the chorus gave birth to, further giving us the impression of a momentum starting.

The next chorus is a bit bigger, with a piano now added into the mix and a bit more vocal exploration from the elusive Moya. The trills slip straight out of her mouth and into your ear with the ease of a more experienced singer twice her age; there's no straining that you
occasionally hear, they sound light and so graceful.

In the breakdown/bridge, there starts this marching rhythm; headed by the drums and followed by the rest of the instrumentation. Moya sings a repeated verse and builds on it with each repetition, very typical of a pop/soul song. Always building up and up to this big moment, and I'm thinking: if it's gonna happen, it's got to be now!

Her vocals do not disappoint, with more experimentation here than anywhere else in the song - this is very exciting. However, in terms of the backing band, it's a bit of a non-event. They basically echo what has been done before, which would be fine if this was not
meant to be the big "WOW" moment of the whole song. Moya manages to save it with her incredibly classy vocals though, but I am a bit disappointed that the backing was not big enough to match her.

After all this, the song is immediately stripped back to the simplicity of the beginning, with the simple U2-ish guitar riff, and the end is quite elusive - it happens before you've realised it. This song is brilliant for a first single from an almost unknown 21-year-old, but I hope that in the future she explores her potential. I have no doubt she will.


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