Charlotte Cornfield plays the Cameron Saturday (February 2). Rating: NNNN
Debut independent EPs are hit and miss, so it’s a pleasure to listen to a new artist who succeeds on her first try. Montreal’s Charlotte Cornfield is 19, which wouldn’t be huge deal if her record didn’t sound like it came from a seasoned folkie.
Equal parts Kathleen Edwards and Leslie Feist, Cornfield traverses indie rock and folk, accompanied by mandolin, cello and violin. Rollicking track The Fawn shows off the multi-instrumentalist’s top-notch harmonies and handclaps.
This debut isn’t perfect, though. Her Feist-like noises are overdone, and while her range is good, it’s nowhere near as developed as Edwards’s.