Fairly reminiscent of Joss Stone’s Right To Be Wrong via its opening chords and instrumentation, the multi-talented Firemaid presents to us Deep End. It’s an experimental, soul-rock number which, despite its Gospel influence in the chorus sections via the notable organ, the overall music production still insists that we are thrown towards Desert Rock and Psychedelic Rock. Not too similar to Dan Auerbach’s epic sound on Lana Del Rey’s 2014 album Ultraviolence. It appears Firemaid has been inspired at some point in her musical journey, by 70’s Art Rock acts such as Procol Harlem, especially when the reverb and delay-effected lead guitars are effortlessly performed in the main hook.
Despite its sad themes of being lost in despair, Deep End is also about seeing the beautiful things in life. Musically it is reassuring and uplifting.
Oh when you know that it might be alright,
It don’t mean a thing cos you still wanna die,
Oh when you know that there’s still so much time,
It don’t mean a thing cos you don’t know why
Firemaid could easily be the new Joan Osbourne due to such a masterful fusion of genres. However, it is her confident, laid-back, breathless voice that steals the show, alongside a violin arrangement that unexpectedly brings about a traditional Irish vibe.
Deep End is a brilliant song, which will bring about a much needed dose of nostalgia.