Much like the intricate patterns of a butterfly, Australian singer Butterfly Boucher explores the beautiful details of life in her music. These details, often overlooked by the common listener, prove to be valuable songwriting materials for Butterfly on her debut solo album titled Flutterby.
The Aussie singer/songwriter crafts her own version of upbeat alternative pop rock. Her original music is edgy but still sweet and has a free spirited, optimistic sound.
Somewhat similar in sound to the pop “punk” princess Avril Lavigne of Canada, this Austrian wrote her own songs, played the instruments and arranged the entire debut album. A freshly down-under voice to the music scene, Boucher has potential to take her songs to the airwaves. Tracks like “Another White Dash” and “I Can’t Make Me” are the predicted singles on this new release, but all of the songs are equally notable.
Each song on the album holds a musical sound very different from the song before. Boucher makes this possible through adjustments in vocals, rhythm, and instrumentation through all 12 tracks.
Boucher’s happy musical tone is often illustrated through her unique instrumentation. She uses all types of instruments in the course of her album such as the organ, guitar, drums, a mellotron and a toy piano. The constant medium guitar and piano beats accompanied by her light Australian vocals give the songs a flowing feel throughout an album that differs in mood and speed. Boucher’s vocal style can be compared to that of Shirley Manson being backed by an upbeat Fiona Apple or Tori Amos-type musical arrangement.
With meaningful, contemplative lyrics like “With the tides and their little secrets/ whispering me to sleep/ would you take away my weakness,” in “Drift On,” she shows her serious side as well as a lighthearted one. Butterfly Boucher is more than just a silly love song as she sings in “A Walk Outside,” hopes to inspire listeners while helping them see and appreciate the small things in life.