Evan Blum and Lucy Clearwater – “Good in you”
-Wow. As someone who has been married for nearly 15 years, I definitely can relate to this track. There’s a lot of heart and spirit here. The easy going guitar does a nice job of setting the base for two quality vocals. It’s rare to find a folk pop duo that has such a wonderful balance between the two voices. These two have a nice vocal blending here and the production around the song is “radio ready.” I’d love to see this one take off in modern pop circles.
Kellie Loder – “So high”
-I could listen to 500 submissions before I find another song with the kind of beautiful tender quality that this track from Kellie Loder has. From the very start you can feel the evident heart in the song. Yes, it’s a love song, but it’s also a song clearly rooted in a place of love. I appreciate the vocal and the instrumentation, but this is definitely a case of a song being greater than the sum of its parts. If you’ve ever been infatuated with someone who inspires and lifts your spirits, this song will resonate. Put this on a playlist for the one you love; it’s perfect.
Long for the Coast – “In our own time”
-There’s a peaceful acoustic style to thist rack that’s sure to put a smile on a lot of faces. This is the kind of music you can put on in the background and just relax. Yet the lyrics are really encouraging, with a sentiment about doing your best to survive and succeed. It’s a careful, thoughtful conversation style. If you’ve ever had a conversation catching up with an old friend with a groundswell of emotion, this will relate to you. It also helps if that “friend” also happens to be divine. In any event, this is a thoughtful acoustic tune.