Amilia K. Spicer – Fill Me Up single
Pennsylvania born singer-songwriter Amilia K. Spicer’s latest single “Fill Me Up” is the first taste from Spicer’s new album Wow and Flutter. The song shows a clear advance over the high bar set by Spicer’s earlier releases while still maintaining a strong fidelity to the spirit first engaging her to follow her Muse. It’s an artistic vision encompassing much about the American musical experience. There are southern strains in her presentation, sunlit California vistas, and green Midwestern landscapes. “Fill Me Up” is an excellent example of the color she brings to her songwriting and her ability for bringing the material to dramatic life sets her far apart from the vast majority of her contemporaries. It’s equal parts grit and class crouched in a first class musical setting with exceptional accompaniment putting things over the top.
Her lyrical skills are unquestionable. She mixes the universal and specific in such a way that it obviously touches on her personal experiences while still containing enough to help the song reach for a wide swath of listeners. There’s some great details that make it really stand out. Spicer takes full advantage of the lyrical content to make it an even better experience. Her phrasing imbues the words with added layers of meaning that merely writing of them could never do. She times the words exquisitely with the musical backing and that helps bring the songwriting even further to life. She takes a relatively common place phrase as the title and covers it with meaning that you can’t readily estimate before hearing it for the first time. Amilia K. Spicer’s marvelous voice coaxes tremendous depths from these words and it turns the performance into an epochal moment in her young career.
Bringing fiddle and slide guitar into play makes for a great addition. Spicer shows great discretion by bringing it in at key points and never allowing the sounds it introduces take over. It juxtaposes two interesting elements – blues and classic country. It never uses these elements, however, in the expected ways and the poetic veneer the fiddle brings contrasts quite dramatically with the swamp eloquence of the song’s slide guitar. The construction of the track is equally key to its success. The track segues from each passage to the next is silky smooth and everything holds together in a coherent way. We are more accustomed to hearing these songs from older performers, but Amilia K. Spicer unwinds her performative magic with cool assurance that goes far beyond what we hear from young music artists. It seems clichéd to say her future is bright, but she writes and sings far beyond her years. “Fill Me Up” will find common chords in all listeners and stands tall as an example of how effective it is when a songwriter brings every bit of themselves into a performance. Wow and Flutter, her impending new album, promises to be quite a doozy based on this outing alone.