EP Review: "The Drive" by Ava Rae Heatley

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Today we're back on the review train and have a lovely little EP review for you.

Artist: Ava Rae Heatley
Title: The Drive
Genre: Pop/Rock
Label: Independent
Release Date: 21st March 2017

Ava Rae Heatley is a singer/songwriter from Warwick (New York), USA.

Her sound is influenced by artists such as Sara Bareilles, Ben Folds and Elton John - creating a Pop/Rock meets Acoustic sound.
Ava started out playing at local coffee shops such as Caffe A La Mode in Warwick and Music at the Mission in New Jersey, where she's the winner of the open mic competition.

She has also been 95.3 DNH's "Discovered Artist of the month" in June 2017 which led to her song "Good For You" being played on their station for the entire month.

Please feel free to check out our review of "The Drive" below.

1) Where I'm Going
2) Good For You
3) The Drive
4) Two Showers
5) Don't You (Forget About Me)

Opener "Where I'm Going" welcomes you with simplicity - the raw audio file might confuse you at first, expecting there to be a high quality studio recording.
A few notes in, you'll forget all about the technical side of things. Ava Rae soaks you in with her stunningly mesmerizing vocals and harmonies that couldn't be more "on point" if they tried.
This acapella track is the perfect introduction for the EP.

Title track "The Drive" is a well created song; all elements co-exist in a beautiful, yet simple way.
 Throughout the first verse and chorus, the main focus is on Ava's voice which is just accompanied by the calm piano - this gives you time to get into the song, to understand it's depth.
The drums and the bassline give the song more grip and definition, and kindly guide you through the track.

The final track, "Don't You (Forget About Me)" is a beautiful cover of the Simple Minds classic.
Ava made the song her own by putting a stunning and hauntingly beautiful twist to it - she has focused on creating an intimate atmosphere and has done such a fantastic job. The simplicity is expressive and powerful, it demands all of your attention, which you'll gladly provide.

To sum it up: Ava has created an EP which combines beautiful harmonies, classy instrumentals, autobiographical lyrics, relatable stories and a charming full band pop sound.
"The Drive" leaves us excited to see what Ava Rae Heatley has coming up next!

You should listen to these tracks: Where I'm Going, The Drive, Don't You (Forget About Me)

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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: Ava Rae Heatley


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