Elliah Heifetz – “You Shall Be a Blessing”
-Writing music seems so easy, but it’s actually really difficult to make the mood of a track match with the lyrics. Heifetz has a gift for that kind of writing. The phrasing on this song is exceptional. The genre bounces between a million different things, but he’s a really talented singer songwriter weaving a story about a parting of people that are far more articulate than my friends and I. This poetic paradise is inspirational, though, and I’m glad Heifetz shared it with us.
Nina de Vitry – “Live Like Water Lives”
-Well here’s something you’ve never thought about – how water lives. I couldn’t help but connect with David Foster Wallace’s famous “what is water?” speech. Living like water lives seems to be so simple and so complex all at once. The understated guitar and subtle vocal are exceptional for this message. The strings give an extra breadth for thinking and feeling. This is one of the sweetest experiental tracks we’ve heard all year.
Rhob Cunningham – “Goodbye Brood”
-Cunningham is an authentic Irish folk singer. His depth comes through with each line. I’m not sure I have a good comparison for his style, but it is definitely a traditional sound. It feels like a song that could be fifty or sixty years old (in a good way). Like a Guiness stout, this is not a track to just pound down fast. Take it slow and taste it; you won’t be disappointed.
Sean Costanza – “Still Love Me”
-In a world that has David Ramirez, I wasn’t sure I’d ever hear a country artist that sounds quite like this. But here we have Sean Costanza adding his name to a growing list of artists who are taking country back to its roots. There’s so much soul in this track about performance, love, and authenticity. If you’ve ever poured your heart and soul into something, you’ll relate to this sentiment from Costanza. This is a great song for all of us passionate creatives in the world.
Billy Stonecipher – “Back on the Road”
-Stonecipher is a straight up folk artist, writing lyrics that seem to thread together like a carefully woven tapestry. The slight waltz timing on this track makes it feel like it was written for a dance. At the same time, the lyrics are down to earth and relatable for common people. “It’s a long way home, but we must fight on.” I don’t know if this has actual spiritual significance, but that’s how I took it. And to that sentiment, I say, “Amen.”