The hashtag #NewAtlanta has been floating around online a lot these days thanks to a new crop of artists hailing from ATL. With acts like Trinidad James and Mach Five leading the charge, it’d be easy to assume that “New Atlanta” refers to specifically to the Southern fried rap music these guys are selling. However, with the release of her debut EP, Room For Living, newcomer Marian Mereba is out to prove that there’s more to the burgeoning movement than meets the eye. After building a name for herself on the local music scene, the Southern-bred Ethiopian singer-songwriter is ready for her big stage introduction with this 10-track EP available via her Bandcamp page. Recorded entirely in her living room, Mereba shares production credits with John Key and enlists the guitar skills of recent SB fave and Wondaland Arts Society cohort Roman GianArthur. Led by the album’s first single, “Go to London,” the acoustic set provides a thoughtful, folk-inspired sound that feels both decidedly melancholy and optimistic at the same time. Other EP standouts include “Anesthesia,” “Overseas” and “Sinking Ships.” Mereba’s clear, throaty vocals provide a great accompaniment to the stripped down musical arrangements. Room For Living is a refreshing bit of sound that further reiterates the wealth of musical talent coming from Atlanta’s musical community.
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