Rebecca Lappa is an indie-pop singer songwriter born in San Francisco but raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada who releases her `Tales Of A Taurus` EP this month which, takes the concept of the wounded healer to new heights, sharing the pain and struggles of women in their twenties with the courage to find healing within and hope for the future.

This six-track extended play opens with `Your One` a narrative of wanting to be nothing more than the centre of their partner`s world. A fairly fast paced dreamy pop song with some enchantingly rich vocals. We have in `Blue Lips` I read, a uniquely Canadian story about a friends with benefits relationship. The singer has shared that “It’s the story of a friend who had been in a ‘friends with benefits’ relationship,” she says. “I used the ice and snow imagery to show the lack of care from the one person and how the other is hoping it turns into something more, but deep down knows it’s not.” Another ruminative pop song.

There`s more of a slow burn to `Forecast` which has a rolling beat and lyrics that are shared in an almost conversational style at times relating to a relationship that seems to be falling apart. In `Lolita` we have a track that takes inspiration from the 1955 novel of the same name. A chugging guitar riff leads us in as a shook tambourine and backing harmonies join to give the song an edgy feel. The subject matter is shared without oversexualising the song as shimmering guitar chord riffs merge to add to the overall tension expressed.

`Witch`s Way` has some intricate guitar chords that lead us into this folk tinged offering which grows in depth and volume as it evolves with vocals that at times sound whispered. We close out with `Brick By Brick` which walks a line between folk and rock with an enticing balance of both.

`Tales Of A Taurus` was an interesting introduction for me to Rebecca Lappa who has a rich vocal range and demonstrates its dexterity on the half dozen numbers offered here. Certainly, an artist to keep an eye on.

Rating 8 /10

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