IF they handed out ARIAs for the most drawn-out incubation for a debut record then Melbourne soul singer Meg Mac would have the award wrapped up. It’s been five years since she uploaded the track Every Lie to Triple J which led to her Unearthed artist of the year gong in 2014.
It was her powerfully-rich vocals which propelled Mac to uber-cool status in indie circles. And it’s that voice which reigns supreme on her debut record Low Blows. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Mac has avoided electronic instrumentation, instead relying on traditional piano and bass to support her soulful vocals.
There’s flourishes of gospel on Cages and a rock groove on Ride It. However, overwhelming Low Blows is based in traditional American R’n’B.