In a tucked away corner of a neighborhood in West Little Rock, through a code-entry gate and into an anonymous grid of garage door storage buildings, Elise Davis is back from an afternoon run, shrugging and laughing her way through another Friday band practice in an LRPD shirt, baseball cap and, disarmingly enough, makeup and earrings.
Barely 21, she’s one of the most prolific, ambitious young songwriters in the state, writing since 12, recording since 15 and now set to release her fourth full-length album, “The Same Vein,” tonight at a concert at Town Pump.
But right now she’s leading the newest incarnation of the Elise Davis Band through a jaunty, thumping take of “Trouble,” a bass-driven, effortlessly melodic three-minute slice of inspired pop that highlights her new release. Four days and literally dozens of spins later, I’m confident, excited and, to be completely honest, a bit shocked to say — in all sincerity — it’s the catchiest thing I’ve heard all year.
It’s also a promising sign of Davis’ self-described reinvention and maturation.