Every once in a while, I come across something totally by accident that I didn’t know I was even looking for. This song by Julien Baker is just such a thing for me. I was randomly surfing Consequence of Sound, and saw this article on a girl that looked like hell…for a music video.
So, it turns out that this girl is a college student who just released an album back in October, 2015. And the album is just her guitar and her voice. Which is exactly the kind of thing I love to listen to.
Every once in a while, you come across an album that is almost entirely dependent upon your desire for songs about love set against a backdrop of slow licks and soft jams. Don’t You is just such an album.
To be honest, I’d be hard pressed to call even it’s most up tempo number, All The Ways, upbeat. It’s a little too laid back for that. Even at it’s loudest, this album is soft in a kind of Berlin in the bedroom way.
And, for the most part, this album works. Not completely, but it does work. The almost tentative voice of frontwoman Kelly Zutrau floats over the sonic clouds by bandmates Joe Valle and Marty Sulkow that wrap and carry their singer’s voice to the place she so plaintively seems to want to reach.
Still, I’m not decided yet as to how to recommend this album. I think I want to buy it, but I might have to listen to it another dozen times to really decide
Recommendation: Stream it (or buy it, if this is the kind of sound you live for)
Songs that I have a playlist for: Deadwater, Don’t Want to Be Your Girl, Weak, Move Me
Clunkers I will Thumbs Down: Island