It feels odd to me that most of the comparisons that immediately jump to mind when listening to Claire Cronin‘s excellent Proof of Names EP are equally talented male singer/songwriters. Vocally, Neil Young jumped to mind first. A friend suggested Chad VanGaalen, and I’d have to agree with that as well. Cronin’s quivering but powerful croon and her lyrical gifts — think folksy narrative with a wonderfully expressive touch of heartbreak — are what make this four-song EP a winner. Cronin is based in Los Angeles, and is an awfully creative soul — she does visual and other performing art in addition to strapping on the guitar and singing wonderful songs.
UPDATE: DOWNLOAD “Weight of the Kill” below, and you can grab the EP at Cronin’s Bandcamp page as well.