With her sun-washed, melodic Americana music, Calgary’s Mariel Buckley is poised to make her mark. There’s an inherent poignancy in the way she carries her smoky vocals across nostalgic arrangements and thought-provoking lyricism that makes her impending sophomore album much anticipated.
If you’re longing for the pensive tearjerkers of classic country music in the modern world, look no further than Calgary, Alberta singer-songwriter Mariel Buckley. With the soul of Emmylou and the keen eye of Springsteen, Buckley has been busy making a name for herself.
Buckley’s songwriting is a precision-guided missile aimed of truth. “Driving In The Dark” vividly paints pictures of the existential questions that dog us. It offers simple songs with complex nuance.
“Mariel Buckley is the new Loretta Lynn. Speaking her mind, offering a straight-up, no-nonsense set of songs that go back to earlier country styles. She’s joking, ruminating, flirting, thinking, in the way that Loretta did on some of her classic songs. Throw in a little Joan Jett, and you’ve got a songwriter who’s going to grab a lot of listeners who are disillusioned with country’s offerings as of late.”
Driving In The Dark catches a listener’s attention, and Mariel Buckley’s ability as a writer alone, whether self-accompanied or with a full complement of instrumentation, puts her in some rare air around here.
“Mariel Buckley’s songs, dazzling and assured variations on traditional country ballads, seem immediately timeless and she possesses a dry sense of humour that will quickly win over any crowd.”
I can’t decide whether Mariel Buckley is a singer/songwriter or a songwriter/singer. This is the very definition of a good problem to have. There is no filter between her voice and whatever song she is singing. It’s just heart and soul. Blood and guts. Piss and vinegar. I’m lucky to be a fan.
Mariel is one of those rare artists that you stumble upon who’s songs are so good that they stop you dead in your tracks, and instantly make you want more.
“Buckley’s clear vocals shine with honesty and a touch of darkness, establishing her as an original and confident voice on the alt-country scene.”