Mikaela Davis: “Out There Alone”
When was the last time you heard a country-tinged pop song prominently featuring a harp? Mikaela Davis is a Rochester-based singer/songwriter/harpist whose latest single is just that. “Out There Alone” starts with a lush harp arpeggio but immediately switches gears with three hits of a snare drum into a sunshine-y pop song. As the music subtly shifts time signatures, Davis’s vocal drawl keeps the song stabilized while the harp continues its unusual melodies. Her chorus is part “Lovefool” part Burt Bacharach–which is as great as it sounds–and her clever lyrics add an emotional depth underneath the saccharine surface. All these strange parts come together to create a truly intoxicating sound that will have you hitting the repeat button.
No news on a new album to house this song, but check out Mikaela Davis’s Fortune Teller EP if you want more.