I like intensity in any genre of music, and “Singin’ Country” by Jessica Lynne has intensity, and more. Jessica not only has the twangy golden pipes but also a ton of songwriting savvy as this song shows.
I usually prefer to review songs that the readers of this blog can hear without having to buy it. But this song was just too good and is definitely worth your 99 cents, so I made an exception.
The thing that captured me when I heard this song is how “refined” it is. It is under three minutes and on the minimalist side as far as the instrumentation is concerned. Yet it has such a solid build up in the verses and such a strong punch in the chorus.
Those who know me know that I am not a “less is more” guy. I look for some intricacy, some eloborate design in all things to enjoy them. I really dislike songs with 3 unoriginal chords and a lazy singer claiming to be the “less is more”. There is a difference between laziness and minimalism.
Then every once in a while, I run into a work of art that is seemingly minimalistic yet emotionally deep and structurally intricate, only in a very subtle way. Speak Your Heart by Val D’Alessio is one such song.
This time I have a particularly delicious folk piece for you guys and gals. David Rix is a folk singer/songwriter from the Seattle area. He has a sense for catchy acoustic guitar riffs and a Dylan-like misty voice. Carry On is one of my favorite songs of his, and in this version he is employing the help of (mainly) rock producer/musician Chris Klimecky and country singer/songwriter Jessica Lynne. Expect reviews of tracks from these fine folks to appear in Song Dynamics very soon.
The piece starts with two acoustic guitars dancing around the base chord, but quickly jumps into the first verse in a few seconds (together with drum and bass). I am really a big fan of the verse chord progression. It is a relatively less used I – iii – ii – IV progression and made even more interesting by the actual guitar riffs (the little fifth to sixth slide). The mix here involves a bare-bones bass + drums + 2 acoustic guitars instrumentation and this is a tasteful and utilitarian choice as in the second repreat of the progression, Chris and Jessica join in with the back vocals, adding to the harmonic texture.