Grace McLean and Them Apples – Make Me Breakfast EP review

I just wanna know if he would make me breakfast… cook my eggs in your bacon grease.

If one thing is sure, it’s that we don’t hear lyrics like these everyday, and Grace McLean and Them Apples’s EP Make Me Breakfast is sure to deliver on that front.

Grace McLean has been writing her own jingles since 2007, during which she formed her own naturally witty style. Along with her band Them Apples—including members Kate Ferber and Liana Stampur as back-up vocals, Hiroyuki Matsuura on drums and percussion, Idrissa Kone on talking drum and Justin Goldner on bass, guitar, keyboards and banjo—the band’s career began with their first performance in New York City’s Joe’s Pub in September 2009. Soon after, Grace formed her solo show named “Grace McLean Lives in Concert,” a show focused on her music and concert techniques. The show has performed in Ars Nova’s ANTfest in 2010 as well as its Uncharted series in 2011.

Make Me Breakfast—the band’s debut EP—was released on August 1st 2012. Its five tracks are fun and catchy; its engaging and enthusiastic vibe likely to induce mass sing-alongs. But that will not be before absorbing Grace’s seductive, soulful voice, whose witty and sharp lyrics just might trigger a ‘say what?!’ out of you. “My Friend’s Roommate” is a very sexy tune whose tale of longing is all too relatable while “Cabbie Landlord” explores loneliness to the sounds of her piano and ukulele. Sauciness aside, “Haven’t You Noticed” is a moving tune that could easily be labeled the year’s most romantically honest song.

With a voice somewhat comparable to Paula Cole’s, Make Me Breakfast is highly recommended for fans of soulful, jazz-pop music and tongue-in-cheek humor. It feels so good, croons Grace in “Secret Song.” And that’s likely to be the feeling induced by hearing these tunes.

By Natacha Pavlov

Natacha Pavlov is an avid reader, writer, and traveler. Aside from eating ridiculous amounts of chocolate from her native Belgium, she can be found consuming large quantities of tea, falafel and lebneh in the lovely Bay Area.

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