The previous two years have seen the career of Northern Irish singer, songwriter Amy Montgomery really start to take off. From playing small gigs at the legendary Duke Of York pub in Belfast to one of her concerts having to be upgraded to the Limelight 2 due to high demand for tickets as the originally scheduled venue sold out within 48 hours. She has also performed at a number of festivals in that time including Sunflower Fest, Stendhal, Electric Picnic, and Glastonbury to much success. As well as local tours and performing at festivals across the UK, Amy Montgomery has also gotten to share her musical and vocal talents in places such as Germany, France, and Switzerland.
Up for review here is the debut EP release from Amy Montgomery. Amy has previously recorded two other EP’s, but “Intangible” will see the singer making her official debut.
The EP starts off with the title track and first single that was released from the EP, “Intangible”.Even though the song is about such a serious issue as mental health, it is still an uplifting track and lyrically and musically is a very well-crafted song. When I listen to the guitar part during the chorus I can’t help but think of the Smashing Pumpkins. It just has that similar sound to Billy Corgan’s famous Gish guitar. This song is a nostalgic trip back to the indie rock of the 90s.
The second track on the EP is a cover of the Sharon Van Etten hit “Jupiter 4”. Lyrically this is a beautiful song about finding love. A love that is eternal. Musically it is something reminiscent of a funeral dirge, but it really comes together, and listening to it makes for an eerie, yet powerful experience.
Next is the song “Anywhere”. I have had the opportunity to meet and speak to Amy Montgomery a couple of times over these past few years. She is such a warm person with a bubbly, fun, and positive personality and this song is where that all gets to shine through. It’s a happy song. It’s a positive song. This track IS Amy Montgomery.
The next track is called “Old Photographs”. It is a very powerful and emotional song that was inspired by Amy’s mother Christine, who struggled for several years with depression and sadly passed away when the singer was only 16. Christine had been her biggest supporter and was responsible for urging her on early in her career. This song is just filled with emotion and is where Amy Montgomery really gets to showcase faultlessly, how powerful of a voice she really has. It also has a beautiful message in that even though our loved ones are no longer with us in body, they are still with us in other ways.
The final track on the EP is a reworking of the single that launched her career, “Dangerous”. Originally released in 2018 the song saw some success for Amy Montgomery with airplay on Radio Ulster and BBC Radio 2. The song starts with a sort of folk-rock sound that then carries off to an alt-rock instant classic.
Amy Montgomery is a uniquely talented singer/songwriter, with a voice that is full-bodied, haunting, raw, and filled with power and emotion. At times it is hard to believe she is only 21 because of how much maturity is shown through her voice and her songwriting. This EP makes for a great official introduction to her music and sets the stage for talent, who I believe, will become a much talked about artist in years to come.