I’ve been concentrating on very recent stuff over the past weeks, so here’s something a little older to break the cycle.
This is The Words of the Revelator by Seattle folk singer Bryan John Appleby – taken from his excellent 2011 album Fire On The Vine. It’s a lovely, rich, melancholic piece of music, embellished with a passionate vocal performance that coats the whole thing like treacle and creates something quite special.
It’s indie folk in the mould of acts like Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes, but there’s something more resonant and deep about Appleby’s music – and certainly his voice – than either of those two bands; who have a tendency to deviate too rapidly into ethereal whininess for my liking. It’s impressive storytelling, heart-wrenching songwriting and chill-down-the-spine performance all wrapped up into one.
There are other great tracks on the album to check out – most notably Boys and the beautiful Honey Jars – but this is the first track that I heard on the album and still my favourite. Apparently there’s a new album in the works, which I truly hope comes out sometime this year, because I’m intrigued to see what else he can come up with.