From Elliott Smith, to Bon Iver, and Iron & Wine, the power of a whispered vocal over the sound of an acoustic guitar endures. A doubled-stereo track of guitar, and the same from the vocal: it only works when the song itself can carry the weight.
Here, the plain sound of the acoustic guitar and the occasional fretted-string buzz stand together as a testament to the authenticity of the moment, while the vocal works slowly and deliberately to insert disparate images into the narrative. It's a masterpiece of understatement and fragility: the sound of introspection itself.
House Of Wolves is the solo music project of California native Rey Villalobos. This song is featured on our Rainy Day playlist.
Music writer and podcaster.