What heavy swells washed Only You's Rachel Fannan ashore. The Malibu-native and Angeleno by-way-of San Francisco drips with severity on her two new songs, "The Pressure" and "Let Me Burn," delivering swagger and sentimentality, walking the line between sultry and something downright scary. Like a time-traveling banshee, Fannan takes the mic with protopunk flare that blends incarnations of the American Songbook with psych rock, navigating basic genre distinctions with an inspired aesthetic vision.
The digital A- and B-sides on Only You's Hit City U.S.A. debut show disparate phases to the enchanting artist: On "The Pressure" Fannan howls through an epic Spaghetti Western freak out, battling feelings of confinement, scorning with guttural guitar riffs. Meanwhile, its counterpart "Let Me Burn," is a vulnerable down-tempo ballad set to Los Angeles' dusk pastel pallet, hitting the wax pipe just one more time in hopes of letting go of her lonesomeness in the city.