By: Carlos Lima Lopez
Just to get this out, Robin Irene Moss is a friend of mine and the girlfriend of another great and equally talented musician, James Margolis. I’ve seen her perform several times with their group, Rue Snider, and I remember being in such a daze at her voice. It’s amazing I tell you. I’ve never seen her perform solo but now with the release of her new EP, I’ll be there at the frontlines.
To say her talent as a songwriter is otherworldly is an understatement. I can’t believe how talented and honest her music is: it’s playful, sincere, and there’s no doubt her lyrics sound like poems coming to life. It’s probably no surprise there are some Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan influences sprinkled in there.
The album is acoustic folk-inspired material, and I honestly don’t want any of that to be different. That’s how much I enjoy it. “The Asshole Song” is my favorite, as Robin sings about some jerk that makes her uncomfortable and using her body language to make her emotions evident. “I Like You” is also innocent, using so many metaphors to display about how much her and her partner dig each other. Then “Haunted” is no doubt the tearjerker, telling the story of a man and his tragic background.
I hope Robin becomes bigger than she expects and when that happens, I’ll be there at all her shows. I put her on the same league as Angel Olsen and Jessica Pratt, two other women who are phenomenal artists; yeah, that’s a great comparison.