There's some music which you can assess in a wham-bam-thankyou-band kind of way, it's easy to see whether it's good, bad or the ugly. Then there's other music where you need time with it to really get to know it, understand it, see its beauty. The Great Water by Melbourne singer Eva Popov is one such disc. When I first put the cd in the player and continued polishing the floorboards and nailing the roof back on, I realised I wasn't listening and taking it in. Was I even listening at all?
So I gave myself a few weeks with it. And found out that this was a little treasure chest of melancholic charm and melodic subtleties. There are twelve tracks that seem to take you on a slow, windy road past mystery, regret, love and hope.
Two years in the making, with a baby in the belly along the way, Eva was assisted by Melisa Collins on violin and Tom Heathcote on double bass with others guesting on drums, trumpet, saxophone, banjo and backing vocals. A sense of intimacy has been retained - see 'Tide' which features just beautiful accapella vocals.
Eva plans to have the album released later this year along with live shows in Sydney and Melbourne. We look forward to sitting in on her musical journey. -ND