by Mark Anthony Brennan

This 5 song EP is the debut effort from Victoria’s Zoey Ockenden (a.k.a. lavallee), which comes with minimal musical accompaniment, placing the singing and lyrics front and centre. This is a brave move given the wealth of strong female singer-songwriters that are out there today, but if Ockenden is at all daunted by the task then she does a good job of hiding it. So comfortable is she in her own musical skin that ‘above the treeline’ comes across sounding like the work of a veteran.