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Mikaela Davis/Joshua Jesty/The Whiskey Girls 

When: Fri., Aug. 22, 8:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $10 ADV, $12 DOS
Rochester native Mikaela Davis was originally discovered through her stunning YouTube covers of Sufjan Stevens and Elliott Smith songs. Since then, her music has only taken off. A harpist by training, Davis’ sound expands beyond just the plucks of a harp to create songs that are full, varied and rich soundscapes. Her latest release, Fortune Teller, was put out just in January, and although her music can best be classified as low-key singer-songwriter, it carries influences ranging from pop to jazz to psych. Tracks like “I Wouldn’t” and “Feels Like Forever” carry a dance-y beat while Davis’ masterful harp trickles in to add an element of downright pretty that isn’t normally found with singers of her kind. The title track and “When the White Horse Takes Me Away” take things into poppier territory with synth effects and dreamy singing, punctuated by guitar that sounds almost surf-like. As the songs gain momentum, Davis’ specialty harp comes in, making you feel as though you’ve been kissed by fairies. (Liz Trenholme)


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