She could play the tall-tale national park commercials on Neverland Island. The sincerity of her voice would be voted the head of the EPA in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and in the underwater remains of Atlantis—though only by all of the creatures that are listening.
So this is when I come to tell you that this album is not for everyone, yet there are hurricane broken fields, and trees that are mourning their favorite leaves. And they need it.
I can see, personally, giving up, especially now, on the human race.
I just want so terribly for Walt Whitman to listen to this album.
I know that in truth she could play it to the waves, and they would come clapping back in thanks for weeks. Where does that leave everyone else? I would say we’re ascending bridges on her melodies, reaching the other side, where the grass is greener.
There is this grace of a soft and stern whisper to these songs, one in which I’m convinced the first oracles were gifted. In that right, if anything, the songs harken a calling to settle down. I’m convinced, among others, that in the song, ‘Records,’ she must have covered her microphones in the fibers of fresh sun soaked cotton sheets. In it I can hear the calm of oncoming calamity that beds possess. I can hear it so softly repeat, among so many couples of people.
This landscape of time-lapse sound plays barrel aged, the instruments are never asking for their notes, they simply play them complimentarily. This is all comprised with the help of Avi Vinocur of Goodnight Texas fame, as well as Tim Marcus on pedal steel and dobro, Oscar Westesson on upright bass, Andrew Brennan on guitars, Graham Patzner on fiddle, Andrew Laubacher playing percussion, John Elliott on piano, and Whiskey Shivers helping out with vocals.
The album moves with a necessary shivering, it is a treasure map for the roots of trees. Though I am no longer getting taller, or pushing to grow, the progressive nature of it is properly awakening, and for that I thank Kelly Mcfarling for ‘Water Dog.’
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