Lauren is a rarely celebrated kind of musician, one who's sincere above all else. Her quiet delivery and heartbreaking choice of perfect metaphor and all too real stories only hold you closer. Lauren got me hooked to her words on YouTube, but sold me when I saw her live, where her voice transformed from this quiet and controlled method of delivery to an emotional powerhouse that kicked me in the gut. I have sincerely not looked at singer-songwriters the same way since.
If I could do this record, and Mikaela Davis in general, justice in this small space I would. She is, without a single doubt in my mind, what all musicians should aspire to; masterful in her understanding of her own vocal utility (stunning and impressive), while devastating your ears with her brilliance on harp. There is so much here that cannot be spoken, only heard. So listen on.
This is a record that screams brilliance, past, present and future. It's an exercise of control and an even greater display of balance between pure musicianship and a real sensibility for what a good SONG is. This record is going to last for a long time. That's a promise.
I sincerely wonder some days if Now, Now was not just a supergroup of three world famous musicians put together before each artist became world famous due to some sort of Time Lord intervention. Jess Abbott is a wizard on guitar, and her imagery is unassuming at first until it takes complete hold of your brain for days.
W.C. Lindsay is exactly what young musicians should aspire to be, creative and forward thinking, and having fun while doing so. There's not a better example of what Philadelphia is doing right now than W. C.
My absolute favorite live performance of one of the most underrated composers, and insanely talented vocalists. People don't give Ryan enough credit for how emotionally captivating his vocal performance can be. This is proof.