" Love is supposed to be selfless. Sometimes it’s like an all-consuming passion, other times it’s something more stable and consistent, yet no less deep. Those who jump right in without fear do it because, for them, there’s no other reason to be alive. But here’s the catch: to be open to love, you have to be ready for rejection. Courtney Farren’s debut, ‘Nothing Like It’, is a stunning break-up journal, an intimate account for all the times the price of love is too high.
If this were just a regular set of songs about failed love affairs, it would still be engaging thanks to Farren’s quieting melodies and vocals, which recall early Aimee Mann, Marisa Nadler or Daughter. But this album is so much more. "
- Trevor Elkin, Gold Flake Paint (Oct 9, 2017)
“Courtney Farren's debut EP, Nothing Like It, is a look at an artist that defines originality. Blending a minimalist approach with a Bohemian sensibility, the six tracks are intimate, beautiful and completely compelling. This is one of the best records this year and is an absolute must have.”
“You kind of know that you’re onto a winner when a song knocks you sideways with an opening line full of mournful poetry... Even more so when that song, Hard To Tell, is sung in the teary, polite and brutally honest manner that Courtney Farren applies to her work. There’s a heartbreaking simple beauty about this song; you, as a caring voyeur are given a tender insight into the distraught distraction of poor Courtney.”
“Courtney is not one to hide the emotions she’s wearing on her sleeve, imbuing her music with a sincerity and honesty that could only be achieved through the personal experiences inspiring her to write in the first place. On ‘Nothing Like It’, we find stunning (and somehow calming) work, clever minimalist songwriting and heartfelt believable delivery.”
“Courtney Farren is a talented musician, writing emotional ballads but there's more...she doesn't weep like all mainstream singers. She plays the guitar and sings like you're sipping on a spirit with her, sometimes complaining, sometimes realizing the glory of all human relationships, or just as explaining her view. Warm voice, de profundis chat, and an artist who you really need to listen to”
“Courtney Farren‘s whispering voice sounds vulnerable and gripping like Sharon Van Etten unplugged, like an earthy angel in love.”
“Courtney Farren may be new on our radar, but it seems she may have found a place here permanently. Her melodies seem much like a stripped down acoustic version of 4AD darling Daughter but are higher on the singer-songwriter element than full band production that the latter has gone for. This is subtle, tranquil and emotional, yet penetrating, music. Highly recommended!”
“Courtney Farren’s music is intimate and chilled out. It’s the kind of music you’d have morning pillow cuddles with because the person you want to wake up to isn’t there. Her voice throughout her debut single “Nothing Like It” barely raises above a murmured speech yet it stays captivating with its minimalist guitar accompaniment. I had seen elsewhere, someone had said Farren reminds them of a stripped down Daughter – and that utterly works for me too.”
“Ethereal yet captivating is the best way to describe Courtney Farren. ‘Nothing Like It’ gives a musical discourse with such a sublime yet musical presence that one can only say “What a beautiful song”. Bravo.”
“New York is a hard town to get noticed in. Hell, it’s one of the largest cities in the world. It’s also one of the most culturally influential in the world. So to say if you can make it there, then you can make it anywhere rings truer than you realize. One artist that is on the cusp of that epiphany is Courtney Farren. Check out our exclusive interview with Courtney above and remember the name.”
“Reminiscent of such artists as Daughter, Birdy, Diane Cluck, Marissa Nadler, and Jewel, singer-songwriter Farren presents six tracks of guitar and piano songs, recorded earlier in spring of this year. If you happen to be a masochist, you might as well not play this at all because, well, it’s altogether delightful. If you are a sadist, however you will sense how fractured Farren is, yet she comes across surprisingly smooth and confident. What we have here is a highly accessible feast to be savored.”