What do you get when you combine Stefanie Sun and Tanya Chua? Introducing EV, a talented newcomer with a husky, low tone and a startlingly bright voice when it comes to the high notes. One Million Stars contestant EV was known on the show for her unique voice as well as her eclectic Japan-inspired fashion sense. But that’s not all this girl is. Previously working with the likes of Malaysian singer-songwriter Yu Heng to write songs, she was discovered by producer Skot Suyama who took a shine to her interesting voice and wrote a couple of songs that she has released independently.
Surprisingly versatile for a singer who already has such a unique tone, her wide vocal range and vocal technique, at times takes on a Stefanie sun-esque quality but is equally emotive in a Tanya Chua-style huskiness; combining the best vocal qualities of two of the most prominent female voices on the Taiwanese music scene. If that’s not what you call a good sign, I don’t know what is. But unlike the two, EV is neither cold nor overly emotional; instead, her voice highlights a clear optimism to her personality, creating a warm, heartening atmosphere in each song.
Her first single “Beautiful Sadness” is an eclectic mix of mandopop and rock, with brit rock-inspired verses that lead into a mandopoppy chorus with a huge dose of heavy rock in the arrangement balanced against it. The song is tailored perfectly to EV’s voice, stripping down the arrangement to pair her husky vocals perfectly with guitar and a little snare, before upping the ante with a full rock band arrangement, shredding guitar and all to match her high-octane, passionate high vocals in the chorus. Although she doesn’t reach either of the extremes on point as Chua or Sun, her special vocals have enough bite to make listeners sit up and take notice despite this.
The second single “Goodnight” is right up my alley; an acoustic, laidback song that uses a simple acoustic guitar and bass block in the arrangement, along with a few backing vocals to round off the simple, but refreshing mix. I rarely hear the use of the bass (Not the bass guitar, but the block) outside of producer Suyama’s works, but I feel it adds such an intense layer of depth to each song, with this single no exception. It keeps the rhythm going, yet doesn’t detract at all from EV’s voice. I especially love EV’s Stefanie Sun-esque vocal inflections in the chorus, and the reflective quality of her low tones in the verses. The melody is likable and the chorus draws you in so strongly, filling your mind with a complex set of emotions and memories that make you feel breathless, stimulated, and strangely optimistic all at the same time.
Having the backing of producer Skot, EV’s first single already has over 100,000 views on YouTube despite an independent release. Her talent is certainly not to be underestimated. Keep an eye out for this girl, because she’ll be hitting the big time sooner or later with that voice.