Lori Triplett

REVIEW: ‘Slow Poison’ (EP) – Lori Triplett

Lori Triplett – “Slow Poison” EP

Ohio based singer and songwriter Lori Triplett releases her new EP, “Slow Poison”, today, which is produced by Chad Carouthers and features six new compositions including the lead single, “Same Pain”, that was released this Summer. Inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Phoebe Bridgers, Ingrid Michealson, Paul Williams and Patty Griffin, Lori performs country-folk-pop that showcases her talent as a songwriter and as a vocalist of her own unique standing.

“Slow Poison” kicks off with the chilling “Out The Back Door” with its haunting electric guitar chords and moody vocalisations this is simply sublime. That extends to the slighty more upbeat “Same Pain”, which launched this EP a few months ago. Lori’s understated vocals set against the lush production carry you off and away into the yonder, you can almost feel the Tennessee winds swirling around you and the Nashville sky filled with soft voices and guitar strings.

The title track, “Slow Poison”, is just acoustic beauty. It doesn’t need to be anything else. Tender and heavenly, it drips ‘slow poison’ into your ears without invitation or inconvenience. “If My Name Were New York” begs for your attention. It’s difficult to highlight a standout track on this EP, but this song just beats its slight heart and pumps beautiful sounds around every vein with Lori’s gorgeous, breathy voice over the feather-soft soundtrack. “Things I’ll Never Be” adds some superb rock guitars to the ingredients, which has shades of Amy Grant about it’s opening.

Lori begins to open up and display a a potentially powerful voive deep in there yet always keeps this in check and never allows herself to out do the music. Love the rocking middle-eight of this song and the drama of the final act. All too soon we reach the final song, “Right Where You’re Supposed To Be”, which offers more ‘ghostly’ voices and serene moods as it plays out to the never end. Lori presents a beautiful collection of innocent harmonies with little effort but a lot of heart and honesty. I hope, one day soon, we are blessed with a full album…(!)

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!