Devyn Rush is a distinctive and personable artist with a passion for creating music that feels timeless and connects with the audience on a more intimate level. Her style features influences as diverse as jazz, vintage pop, and some blues, going for a versatile and emotional tone. Rush’s EP features five songs, including the beautiful opening track, “Stuff Like That There.” The song kicks off with an incredibly expressive saxophone lead, and it later evolves into a soothing piano and vocal arrangement with Rush’s penchant for engaging vocal phrasing and imaginative dynamics. The track soon delves into a playful style, reminiscent of iconic vocalists such as Betty Hutton
. In addition to this beautiful opener, the music continues with “Hypnotik,” a beautiful jazz cut with a modern feel to it. The initial “conversation” between the sax and the piano is a perfect introduction to the smooth vibes of this effort, while Rush goes for a one-of-a-kind approach that reveals the spontaneity in her vocal tone. “Out of the Blues” is the flagship song on the EP and it’s easy to see why. The sound of this track has a more modern feel, which makes me think of artists such as Joss Stone
, or Alicia Keys
. “Misty” is timeless and romantic, almost reminiscent of the sultry swing of classic tracks by Chet Baker
and other classic vocalists; it's a really great rendition of a vintage song.
“Beautiful” reveals a more pop-oriented approach while still retaining a classic taste. If you enjoy modern portraits of old jazz tunes with some personality, you should definitely check out this release. In some ways, the EP makes me think of the duet collections created by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
, who put a modern spin on jazz standards, much like Rush giving the world her version of some of the most beloved songs in the genre.