ARTISTS TO WATCH: Megan Reilly

Megan Reilly

Megan Reilly

I always love it when I hear an artist for the first time and realize he or she is going to be an immediate personal favorite. Megan Reilly, whose upcoming album The Well comes out April 24th on Carrot Top Records, is destined to be one of those, like Brandi Carlile and Amanda Shires before her, who enters my headphones and never truly completely exists. “Throw It Out,” recently featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered blog, is one of those rare songs which is fully formed upon first listen, giving it the heft to stop listeners in their tracks, assuring maximum control. You’ll hear her stunning voice and do a double take — and the song’s powerful enough to demand non-stop listens once you get to the stunning conclusion of the song (and video), which NPR dubbed “a heartrending climax.”

I can’t vouch for the rest of the album without hearing it, but if there are more songs as emotionally raw and ultimately devastating as this, The Well is likely to run deep, among 2012’s true stunners.

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