EP Review: Oxlip – A Kind Of Premonition

A Kind Of Premonition is the new four track EP from Vancouver, Canada-based singer songwriter Oxlip (real name Jayne Trimble), and it’s full of raw and emotional storytelling.

By Graeme Smith

From its opening title track I knew I was in for something special with A Kind Of Premonition. Stripped back and unconventional instrumentals provide a bed onto which Jayne pours out her heart. Opening with a rumination on death, she’s not scared to go deep early and it pays off. I was instantly pulled into her world and enchanted by her lyrical storytelling.

Track two Someone That’s Close By expands things, with a sweeping harmonies joining piano and strings in a rich and atmospheric arrangement. Jayne’s vocals are haunting and there’s a sense of sadness and loss both in her delivery and the lyrics. Death hangs heavy over proceedings once again but it’s tempered by the idea that the dead are never really gone.

Serpentine is a waltz, rich with layers of percussion and keys. It draws from folk tradition and provides a sense of cinematic. It’s unsurprising that the track was written for a film – it certainly has a visual element to it. You can close your eyes and be transported to some form of unconventional carnival.

The EP ends with I’ve Cried All The Tears (I’m Crying For You). Another waltz, it returns to a more stripped back arrangement, drawing deep from folk and Americana in its style. The theme that ties all four tracks together is sadness and loss but the final track flips the script, venturing into the acceptance phase of grief. It’s a song about moving on from sadness and the special sense of happiness that follows the darkness.

Through this EP, Jayne wanted to emote something truthful and I think she’s done it. The authenticity of feeling running through each track is utterly compelling and she brings it all to life through a strong narrative and beautifully expressive vocals. Her recent work has been compared to Phoebe Bridgers and The Weather Station and fans of those acts will find something to like about A Kind Of Premonition. I’d also recommend it to fans of folk and country everywhere.

Check out A Kind of Premonition below.