Cheyenne Marie Mize shows range of ability on new EP

“Defies categorization” is a designation that way too many acts think they deserve. Usually it means they’re a shitty jam band, which is easy enough to categorize. Then there’s Cheyenne Marie Mize, whose forthcoming EP demonstrates a striking range of abilities, none of which are remotely jammy (and thank God for that).

Mize, a Louisville native, drew notice last year for her debut, “Before Lately,” a lovely, languid album that drew comparisons to Hope Sandoval and Sharon Van Etten (both of which make sense). She takes a different tack on the EP, “We Don’t Need,” performing six songs with considerable different sounds.

Opener “Wishing Well,” the free song, is Mize’s unique spin on a soul shouter, and her vocals — sweet with a hint of grit — push and pull at the framework of the song, which is held together by polyrhythmic percussion and nothing else. It’s a head-turner. She takes a moodier turn on the torchy “Call Me Beautiful,” and cranks up the volume with growling guitar and a hazy, keening organ on “Keep It.”

Although it’s just 22 minutes long, “We Don’t Need” seems limitless in the way it showcases the stunning range of Mize’s ability. The EP is out Nov. 6 on Roaring Colonel Records.

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