This review was originally published in June of 2018.
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.