Last Thursday night at Concordia Turner Hall I closed my eyes and was instantly transported to 1965, a calliope tooting in the distance, watching the banks of the Mississippi River glide past from a porthole on the S.S. Admiral.
High-octane Scottish indie-rock band Idlewild finds a clear and soulful acoustic sound -- with glowing organ and fulsome backing harmonies -- on a newly released version of "Every Little Means Trust," recorded live at An Tobar (Isle of Mull) during the band's 2014 acoustic tour.
The simple tones that open "Every Drop" are signifiers of the aesthetic purity that Thad Kopec yearns for -- and finds in this warmly unfolding, deceptively lush, acoustic-electronic song.
The title to the new cut "Baseline" by Ann Arbor, Michigan songwriter Vincent Colbert describes both his theme and his pared-down but still intricately acoustic sound. "Addicted to progress and chained to sucess, we're holding our breath just to fill these shoes." Words to try to live by in these often maddeningly competitive times.
Jackson Browne wrote "These Days" when he just a teenager, but the song has become something of a standard, a song that reveals new feelings and meanings every time it's sung with soul. And that's just what Chicago-based singer-songwriter (and Fort Frances frontman) David McMillin does on this new solo acoustic version.
When she was 16, Sarah Jarosz came into the acoustic-music scene seemingly fully formed. She has continued to demand and hold our attention ever since.