It’s safe to say that five songs are not nearly enough from the charmingly introspective Lizzy Farrall. All I Said Was Never Heard is the new EP from the talented and exciting U.K. singer, whose analytical lyrics are honest, personal, and easily complemented with just the right amount of indie flavoring. It is a true shame this isn’t a full-length album because it seems we have only scratched the surface of a very deep cavern of emotion. However, this EP is tight and complete, and is a solid foundation for what hopes to be a long career to come.
Though the familiarity of heartache and loss is common in this EP, Farrall cuts her teeth on beautiful lyrics that not only tug at the truth, but tug at the complications of the truth. There’s an edge to the lyrics, causing her voice to come through clearly amongst the music. Unlike similar artists, the music is a backdrop and not the main centerpiece. Farrall’s strong, vibrating vocals are not drowned out by unneeded layers of music. There is ache in her voice, a pain that can only be felt through the intimate detail she provides. The composition of the songs is strong overall and provide just the right mood, but it’s really the soulful and brutally honest lyrics that shine through. It’s easy to see this work as genuine and close to Farrall’s heart.
“Pack of Wolves” is a prime example of Farrall’s lyrical power. Using the metaphor of a pack of wolves to describe the feeling of being cast out of a relationship (familial or romantic) is sublime and gut wrenching. There’s palpable tension in this track, an anger that bubbles underneath a hardened exterior. The front that Farrall has put up to keep herself from feeling this anger is crumbling. “I am your mess, look what you created,” Farrall croons in her captivating voice, clearly resentful of becoming the lone wolf she describes. Her storytelling is beautiful and impactful not only in this song, but throughout the entire EP.
There’s an overarching theme of abandonment in this EP, leading to a foggy and unclear end. Farrall’s way of combating this fog is to lay herself on the line, exploring her frustration, anger, and sorrow through this version of musical therapy. It’s difficult to find an unlikable part of this EP, though certainly one would expect a bit more versatility in a full-length album. All things considered, Farrall is an exciting new musician to keep on radar in the coming years. Raw talent refuses to be shut out of the spotlight for long, and Farrall is no exception. All I Said Was Never Heard is just the beginning.