Photo by Vanessa Heins
Sister Ray has one of the more unique musical upbringings I've heard of. Ella Coyes was raised on gospel bluegrass and 90's country along with traditional Métis music. As they grew older, they discovered Loudon Wainwright III, mid-Western emo, and Jeff Buckley. Their debut single, "Crucified," takes from those influences while sounding completely different. It starts off like a relatively standard singer-songwriter track, although "Crucified" has a much more conversational feel to it. It feels like Coyes is more speaking directly to you than following a traditional verse/chorus/verse structure, or even a folk style ramble. And then there's this swirl of noise that just locks you into the song. It makes everything Coyes is singing seem that much more vital.
You can watch the video for "Crucified" below. The song is available as a single via Royal Mountain Records and can be streamed or downloaded here. For more on Sister Ray, check out the artist's Facebook and Twitter.