Potter's Daughter with Annie Haslam — Blood and Water
((Not on label) no#, 2019, 7")
Potter's Daughter — This Winter's Child
((Not on label) no#, 2019, DL)
by Jon Davis, Published 2019-12-16
Potter’s Daughter is a band built around singer and pianist Dyanne Potter Voegtlin. She is backed by Amit Chatterjee (guitar) and Ian C. Voegtlin (guitar, saxophone) as full-time band members, along with others as needed to fill in other parts. For “Blood and Water” Annie Haslam provides a second voice, filling out the arrangements of a song that is not exactly reminiscent of Renaissance, but isn’t completely foreign either. It’s a lovely tune in a folk-rock idiom with prominent percussion. Piano is the base instrument, and electric guitar provides some nice melodies. There are beautiful backing vocal parts, and Voegtlin trades stanzas with Haslam, their voices eminently compatible. The flip side of the single presents an acoustic version of the song with the same vocal parts, a more elaborate piano backing, and nothing else. In some ways, I prefer this version. The piano arrangement is very nice, and the vocals stand out more when stripped of the busier support parts. A second single, featuring one song called “This Winter’s Child,” is out this fall, and while it’s not a directly Christmas-themed song, it is seasonal. It starts with piano and voice, and about halfway through, subtle accompaniment from guitar, bass, and occasional drums works in. The vocals and piano really make the song, and it should please fans of melodic music; it’s beautiful without tipping into sappiness.
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