XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Other Lover” by Mikaela Davis

Mikaela Davis | Photo Credit: Jacalyn Meyvis | Courtesy of Rounder Records

Mikaela Davis came out of of the Rochester, New York music scene. A classically trained harpist and singer-songwriter, Davis studied at the Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam, was raised on the Salzedo method of harp playing and studied under Grace Wong, principal harpist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for nine years. Davis releases her debut for Rounder Records, Delivery, on July 13th.

She counts Sufjan Stevens, Elliott Smith, and The Beatles as some of her musical heroes. When she was studying at school several years ago she arranged a gorgeous and sublime cover of Sufjan’s “Chicago” for the Crane Harp Ensemble.

“Other Lover,” is one of three new songs Davis has out from her forthcoming album. It opens like a dream, with a soft, tender welcome akin to “She’s Leaving Home” by The Beatles and quickly unfolds into an exquisite sensual pop song, with subtle, stuttering hypnotic beats, choruses of intimate and infectious multi-layered vocals, as the song builds confidently into a kaleidoscopic sound weave of harp, electronic keyboards, guitars and beats that leaves you wanting more.

Listen to “Other Voices” below.

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