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Published on Apr 10, 2015
Just like Joshua at the biblical Jericho Kelly Oliver may have brought down the walls separating a marriage of musical styles, a talent hinted at by a review in The Times of her performing live. “There was a fine support set from the promising young singer-guitarist Kelly Oliver, an artist who blends traditional values with hints of a bold, indie-pop sensibility”. Traditional at the core, but on point with production from Nigel Stonier, Jericho builds innocently from a tender guitar and harmonica entrance to take your breath away as the distinctive, ‘golden’ vocals of Oliver entice. Bouncing, yet perfectly placed percussion from Paul Beavis and feisty fiddle from award-winning Ciaran Algar allow you to recover just in time to embrace the chorus which kicks in with its deep, warm, vocal harmonies. And there is enough light and shade within her performance to assuage the most critical ear. Building triumphantly to its exciting climax, Jericho weaves an analogy of the Old Testament battle into an accessible narrative, giving this catchy, new song the opportunity to empower and engage the most jaded ears. Jericho has already secured play on BBC 6 Music and along with previous BBC Radio 2 for Oliver, this song has the power to propel her into the heart of music lovers the world over.