There’s an easygoing grace to the ebullient pop of singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat. Though her songs are finely crafted, what stays with the listener is a mild glow, like an after-image of a day spent lazing in the sun. Caillat’s music is not unlike a feminine take on the low-key and soothing folk-pop conjured by Jack Johnson, though she always brings a distinctly personal sense of melody to the table.
For her most recent effort, “Gypsy Heart,” however, Caillat pushed herself and stepped outside her normal comfort zone. Though the laid-back sensuality that endeared her to millions of record-buyers and earned her a pair of Grammy Awards in the process remains, much of the new album involves musical risk-taking, particular in rhythmic areas. The woman who will forever be associated with her feel-good breakthrough hit “Bubbly” also makes some powerful statements regarding female empowerment and body image with the album’s first single, “Try.” (Free downloads of the track are available through Caillat’s official Facebook page.)
Caillat performs at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center. Tickets start at $25 (box office, Ticketmaster).
– Jeff Miers