Dipsea Flower – “Hummingbird”
-The easy going feeling of this song resonated with me right away. There’s an wonderful character to the lead vocal on this track. The “let you be free” lyric does a really nice job of resonating with a sense of intimacy and care. The contemplative style of the guitar and piano dancing together makes for a solid base for the vocal work to settle on top. This is a great genre-blending song that keeps the romantic lyrical message the main focal point of the composition.
Eli Waltz – “Hang me, Oh hang me”
-When I initially approved this song, I knew I had heard it but could quite put my finger on it. The film Inside Llewyn Davis included this song. But honestly that wasn’t even what came into mind when I heard Waltz’s version; I actually thought of the lonesome and expressive style of Colter Wall. Waltz brings a sense of seriousness to this serious tune; it feels like he’s sharing his last thoughts. It’s great when a relatively sparing compositional structure can convey so much depth and emotion.
Remy Sher – “Propane and Dirty Clothes”
-The spirited mandolin is like a supporting actor role in this song. The acoustic guitar is the base and the lead vocal might be the leading actor, but that mandolin sure keeps it moving along. These are some intriguing lyrics about how people live when they are younger, just being wild and free, knowing that one day they will all get older. It’s great. It gives the sense that these people were all hanging together doing musical, artsy, and… “legal” things. The gang vocal on the chorus is definitely a fun element of the song that invites the listener to tap toes and join in with the singalong. This is a great tune that encapsulates much of what makes Americana and folk music such a joy.