UK native, singer/songwriter Leddra Chapman’s third EP, A Trick or Two, expresses the agony of unintentional, misguided love with her pristine and distinctive vocals coupling it with deep, poignant lyrics. Fans of Alanis Morrissette and Jewel will be drawn to Chapman’s raw vocal flexibility and soul-baring lyrics. The EP showcases Chapman’s exquisite, vulnerable songwriting enhanced by her somber and intriguing melodies.
The opening track, “Where You Want Me,” offers an uninhibited glance at Chapman’s struggle with her sentimental helplessness as she surrenders to her emotions crooning, “My defenses down, I had no idea/At my expense you feed upon all my fears/ You can’t control the energy in my head/ With any crazy remedy you possess/ You’ve got me right where you want me.” A pleasing balance of playful instrumental and mellow electronic music accompanies Chapman’s simple and haunting melodies, and envelopes all the emotions her lyrics portray.
While “Where You Want Me” conforms to traditional songwriting, “Heartbeat” and “Any Questions?” paint audible pictures through rhythm and structure. The stuttered syllables in “Heartbeat” symbolizes the pulse Chapman earnestly begs her lover to acknowledge as she pleads “Can you feel my heart is beating?/ Can you see the pain you’re causing?” “Any Questions?” utilizes structure as the song raises endless questions before Chapman boldly declares, “You will either be the make or break of me.” Each track bares her heart and soul as she presents a no-holds barred representation of love’s obstacles.
Chapman’s A Trick or Two EP offers a glimpse into the anguish of forbidden love. Her soft, delicate voice conveys a deceiving strength as her sensitive and honest lyrics encompass the struggles she faces. The depth and humanity Chapman brings to her music solidifies her worth. Expect Chapman to make waves in the US.
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