Yvonne McDonnell may be fairly new to the music scene in a lot of people’s eyes, but if her latest EP ‘Not Her Own’ is anything to go by, we’ll be seeing a lot more of her in the future.
‘Not Her Own’ isn’t just for folk/singer-songwriter fans, it also has an extremely important message to evoke and one we should all sit up and take note of. This message is particularly highlighted in opening track and single ‘I’m Not This Layer Of Skin’.
Its beautifully written and has the same story-telling charm akin to the likes of Laura Marling’s effortless songwriting skills. Yvonne actually quotes poets such as Edgar Allan Poe as influences on the track. In a nutshell, the song is about the pressures women are constantly under to look a certain way. Yvonne’s response to this is quite simply ‘we are not just this layer of skin’ and quite rightly so. There’s also an extremely heartwarming video to go along with the single, which you should definitely take a look at.
‘I’m Not This Layer Of Skin’ is possibly the strongest track on the EP, but the rest of the record has a lot to give as well. ‘My Own Advice’ and ‘Proud Of Her Voice’ also feel particularly self-empowering. All this said, I think the two strongest features throughout the EP, other than its message, is Yvonne’s soft, husky vibrato and violinist Maria Kroon’s utterly stunning performance through out. Both these women truly deserve to be recognised for their incredible talents.
‘Not Her Own’ is out now via Reality Is Over.