Originally published on Lotus Magma (old site) 10 July 2011
She is fairly new on the music scene, having released her debut album "Bridge the Roads" in November of this year. Her music boasts an authentic folk sound and demonstrates a maturity beyond her years, with musical influences including Patti Smith, Janis Joplin and Kate Bush. However, whilst her music is reminiscent of these artists in places, it is clear she has her own unique style.
It is also clear that her personal experiences have been a major influence in her song writing and as a result, her lyrics are very deep and emotional, and the overall tone of the album is fairly dark. However, there is a certain sense of optimism, and a general message of overcoming past experiences to become a stronger person, which is likely to appeal to her listeners. This is particularly true of the track, So Long, a particularly strong track on the album which sees her deal with the problems she faced during her adolescence.
As with any up and coming artist, information is not particularly easy to come by. She does however have a Facebook and Myspace page and a website which allows listeners access to her recent tracks, along with a short synopsis on the inspiration behind each one. Due to the detailed art and graphic design of the website itself, it does take a while to load, which may be a disadvantage for some listeners. Her music itself is also fairly difficult to access, as the website includes only of her four tracks and, at the moment she appears to fairly unknown on websites such as Spotify - BUT this will change shortly as her music is soon to be featured on the media player.
However, these are only minor issues which are likely to be solved as De Mille gains more exposure on the music scene. Until then, fans will simply have to appreciate the tracks which are available through her website and Facebook page, although with the talent and promise that De Mille demonstrates, it surely won't be long before she becomes more established in her genre. Watch this space!