The fullness of this song is predicated on the voice, on the lilted coo of Madeleine Kelson and the rawness of her lyrics. It's a gorgeous harmony that sets up the chorus turn, and the narrative theme seems to continue the process of self-invention, creating new twists as the song progresses.
The verse sounds instantly familiar, as does the subject matter. I could see this song as an extension of the sound defined by Gillian Welch, when she deigns to concede a pop underpinning. It goes down easy, and fits right into the folk tapestry of current-day.
Madeleine Kelson is a singer-songwriter from Chicago, based in Nashville. Her song is a feature this week on the CHILL NEW Songwriters playlist.
Music writer and podcaster.