“Debs McCoy was a virtual recluse for almost 3 years due to crippling anxiety, panic & agoraphobia......These struggles propelled her back into making music and she’s written & recorded over 150 songs during the past year alone. When she first made our Fresh Faves in July 2012 – a good while before she joined Team Freshnet herself – Simon Poole wrote: “Singer songwriters have it quite hard, the possibilities aren’t really endless, are they? Thankfully from time to time someone like Debs McCoy will come along, make your ears prick up”. Another pundit described her work as “Warm and engaging music from an exceptional musician and visual artist: both fascinating and painfully honest..”Oh hold on, that was me. But in case you suspect either of us of favouritism toward a friend and subsequent colleague, here’s what Simon Raymonde of Cocteau Twins and Bella Union fame has to say about this music: “very beautiful, haunting and other worldly..I am a fan of what she is doing”
“'....actually very beautiful, haunting and other worldly....I am a fan of what she is doing.' ”
“'Through checking out Tom Robinson's 'Fresh On The Net' I've become acquainted with the music of the highly talented and extremely prolific Debbie McCoy. So being inquisitive by nature I dropped Debbie an email with a few questions and the answers in return were fascinating and extremely open and honest. Her story is a real eye opener and she has to be commended on her resilience in producing such beautiful music in what has been very trying times.'”
“Debs’ style is acoustic folk, with hints of the blues and indie. She is a skilled and experienced musician, incorporating guitar, piano and harmonica into her work. If you like the styles of Cat Power and Kate Rusby, to name but two, you will love this album. .....Debs has such a versatile and unique voice, whilst at the same time giving a nod towards singers such as Anais Mitchell. I would be surprised if Debs didn’t cite her as an influence, in fact. Reprise To Fallen is a beautiful showcase of Debs’ piano skills. She has an incredible talent there, and I hope she produces more tunes of this genre and caliber. It makes a refreshing change to hear an instrumental piece as part of an album. ......Sweet Blood, the title track, Tiny Wooden Blocks, and Tired On These Pills, the latter of which tells us about her battle with anxiety, an illness which McCoy has not shied away from, but instead turned to her advantage by the focus on her music.”
"Warm and engaging music from an exceptional musician and visual artist, who has no problem writing a thumbnail biography. The result is both fascinating and painfully honest....I recommend checking out http://www.debsmccoy.com for more of that music and to check out some of the oustanding visual images in her gallery."
“'Regular readers may already be aware of Debs McCoy, who previously featured in Fresh Faves batch 40, and it’s easy to see why we find ourselves in her company again. When the Newcastle based painter and photographer turns her hand to music, this is kind of exquisite and haunting result we have come to expect. Listening to this song I imagine her in the midst of a vast, wild landscape, drawing all focus; the wind hushed, animals stopped still in their tracks and trees stooping their branches to listen. This is apparently a demo version, so here’s hoping it’ll be getting a full release soon. In the meantime you can get hold of her previous work via her Bandcamp page.'”
"The song to me evokes the feeling of sweet melancholy and reflection" - From Across The Pond
"Debs music is intimately poetic, minimally produced and wonderfully sung; a great way to start a rainy Sunday morning."
“Review of 'The Casson Sketches' 'Debs McCoy, “our Debs” how I call her, is a great composer. I think she has already given us many proofs of this each time we had her with us. But one day, and without thinking too much she sat down and recorded this for Johnno. I will copy for you the exact text with the story behind these 4 beautiful piano pieces: “Jonno Casson said he really enjoyed my piano sketches & requested a cd’s worth from me so I sat down this afternoon, hit record and began playing. The result are these 4 sketches (in order of being written) – they’re pretty rough as I literally sat and played with no rehearsing or reworking of any sketch – whatever came out is what is captured in each sketch – when it felt like each sketch came to an end I stopped the recording“.”
"Singer songwriters have it quite hard really, usually one person with an acoustic guitar, the possibilities aren’t really endless, are they? Thankfully though, from time to time someone like Debs McCoy will come along, make your ears prick up – and make you think that there is still life in the genre yet."
"Opening up this week is a wonderfully haunting and ethereal folk song from our friend & colleague Debs with Kathy Anderson. A real grower that benefits from repeated plays. I didn’t initially get its full power but it does rather creep up on you when you least expect it so prepare to to be won over. Debs is quite the all round talent. She is a painter and photographer as well as a maker of music. She trained at The Kent Institute of Art & Design and Goldsmiths, University of London.....Debs is also a tremendous pianist and I have found real beauty and joy in her piece Reprise to Fallen. She has four pages of lovely songs on her Soundcloud page too – result!"