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Singer-songwriter See releases debut album, ‘Ties’

See released her debut EP,

See released her debut EP, "Ties." Credit: Blue Elan

Centerport singer-songwriter See says she didn’t want to have a backup plan to her career in music.

The 20-year-old just wanted to go for it. And that shows on her debut EP, “Ties” (Blue Elan).

See’s voice has the same intriguing balance of strength and vulnerability that Garbage’s Shirley Manson has, one that’s especially effective in quieter moments like the breezy “Blue Await” and the opening of “Closed Eyes Open.” But she can hold her own against a more aggressive musical backdrop as well.

Her first single, the electronic pop number “Potions,” shows that, with her sweet voice standing up nicely against the clattering percussion and dramatic synths. The song’s dramatic, eye-catching video is sure to only add to the buzz about her debut.

It’s no wonder See has attracted the attention of producer Brad Wood, best known for his work with Ben Lee, Pete Yorn and The Bangles. See and Wood have completed enough songs for a full album, though See has opted to release the “Ties” EP first as an introduction. She’s following that up with numerous appearances, including a recently completed residency at Arlene’s Grocery.

Contact The Long Island Sound at glenn.gamboa@newsday.com or follow @ndmusic on Twitter.

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