ReviewsMichelle Macedo

In Your Speakers Media Review!

ReviewsMichelle Macedo
In Your Speakers Media Review!

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"Twin sister act Macedo brings infectious lyrics and beautiful sounds to a new EP. Paper Doll EP, out February 4 via MoonGold Records, showcases the singer-songwriters ability to create a record for indie fans with a pop bent. Michelle and Melissa Macedo comprise the band that shares their namesake. They have collaborated in the past, including on their 2011 album, Flags and Boxes. The duo is certainly dynamic and each brings a lot of talent to the table.

On their Facebook page, the twins cite consistently great female artists, like Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor as artists they like. The influence of these musicians is apparent. Macedo combines Apple’s intensity with Spektor’s whimsy and a poppy dash of Sara Bareilles for good measure. Michelle does vocals, piano and acoustic guitar and Melissa, vocals. Bass, violin, guitar, drums and keyboards also back them up. The tracks shift from upbeat to slightly sad, but they’re all relatable and worth the emotional ride. They employ cool tricks and hooks that keep the listener hanging on to every line.

“Like Me Most” starts the album with a piano intro joined by guitar. Michelle and Melissa sing in sync, something they do quite frequently on Paper Doll. “Like Me Most” is a fun, poppy song that could become a favorite for listeners. It meanders along, occasionally punctured by an energetic, groovy guitar solo and a vocal solo toward the end. Listeners can’t help but stay tuned. “Remember” slows things down, telling the story of a break-up scored to a piano. “I am a mess of sounds and colors,” one of the twins sings, as her voice melds with her sister’s. The song is tinged with regret but never feels like a downer.

“Your Skin Brims” is a track backed by intensity and has a strong Fiona Apple vibe. The song is notable for it’s strong chorus, as Macedo seems to put some aggression behind it. In just the first three tracks, Michelle and Melissa really show off their range and ability to tackle different sounds. “Your Skin Brims” also makes use of both the sisters’ voices where they sing at each other. It almost sounds like somebody is having an argument in her head, which, let’s be honest, who hasn’t had a full conversation with himself?

“17” and “Paper Doll” have powerful imagery and more emotion. Both are slower songs and “Paper Doll” has some pretty string work. The last track, “Amazing,” is solid too. It deals with that one person everybody has in her life that makes her feel, well, amazing.

Michelle and Melissa Macedo are artists to watch out for. Their sound fits well into the surge of strong female artists using their voices to spread important messages with lots of feeling, giving their appeal as a band a wide range. From lyrics to instrumentation, Macedo is a sister act on a well deserved rise."