Three Introspective Singer Songwriters
I’m not quite sure of the historical roots of the term “singer songwriter,” but it has definitely morphed into a catch all phrase that considers quite a wide range of performers these days. Around here, we often mean a particular kind of acoustic artist. But one standard remains, acoustic or otherwise, solo act or full band, the artist must always stay true to the spirit of the song and share their heart with listeners. With that as a guide, do enjoy these three talented singer songwriters.
Jess Lambert – Creature of Fear EP
-Jess Lambert’s style is pure. She pours out her heart for her listeners totally and completely. The structure of the songs is simplistic folk, but the messages seem to transcend genre. There is some darkness, admittedly, but it’s a beautiful kind of “help me find my way out” exploration of the dark. Although the title track has a bit more production to it, the other three are simpler acoustic tracks that allow Lambert’s vocals and songwriting to really shine through. In a world with so many “sounds like” comparisons, it’s really hard to pin down a vocalist with quite the vocal tone of Lambert. She’s definitely worth a spin and is sure to find some fans among our readers here.
D. Gross – Juggernaut
-I have D. Gross listed as a “blues singer songwriter” in the database, but really he’s just a really phenomenal songwriter who usually uses minor chords and syncopation. In any event, this album Juggernaut is definitely something to take seriously. There’s ample tempo changes and even a little bit of harmonica. But what sticks out more than anything is the exceptional songwriting quality. Take snippets of everything you ever loved about Fogerty and Van Zant, put them on one album, and add in a touch D. Gross’s own personality, and you’ll definitely get a sense of this exploratory, thrilling blues-infused rock album.
Connor Zwetsch – What Comes After EP
-Connor Zwetsch has an outstanding voice… like stop you in your tracks and ask, “who the heck is that?” good. In a music industry full of “singers” and “songwriters,” Zwetsch is really the true combination. Her album covers a period of seeking in her life (according to her statement) that really comes through in a number of the songs. While the opener “Wasting Water” is the one garnering most of the press attention, I am a bigger fan of “Candy Bars,” a song with a generational tone and expression. Zwetsch is an artist that country and acoustic fans need to pay attention to. She’s ridiculously talented. Seriously there’s no way to overstate her vocal quality; please give her music an honest listen.