Blue Petal

About Blue Petal Blue Petal (Self-released) Russian-born Dallasite Manya Repnikova writes songs that manage to capture the electricity of moments like those just before a Texas-sized thunderstorm unleashes its payload. The only thing eclipsing Repnikova’s talent as a songwriter is her amazingly sweet voice. As much as it is a vehicle for her lyrics, it’s also easily embraceable as its own beautiful natural phenomenon. However, Blue Petal isn’t a solo act. It also includes Fort Worthians Peter Anderson and Bryan Butler. The former shares some songwriting duties while adding guitar and piano parts, and the latter offers fine-as-a-frog’s-hair finger-picking and harmonica lines. Their playing is solid here on the band’s eponymous five-song EP, and they also seem to be good listeners. Even during the solos, the guys’ performances are tight but restrained, expertly complementing Repnikova’s voice through the dynamic swells of each track. The standout single is “Turning It Around,” the most conversational of a collection that’s a mix of folk and jazz with pop leanings. On a soft bed of acoustic-guitar strumming, Repnikova’s voice initially summons Aimee Mann before surrendering to an ever-so-slight Billie Holiday vibe. After the first verse, the instrumentation gradually builds, adding descending vocal harmonies to the chorus and an electric keyboard line. A little ebb and flow tugs at the tempo before it all returns to the tranquility of the opening. Throughou...

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