VII: Melissa Carper – Back When (2021)

Back in time, back to the country, and back to a lost love. Melissa Carper’s single “Back When” is a wistful recollection and admitted longing for the love of a past relationship that has since ended. Heartache is a popular acquaintance that Carper knows and shows on her new track. With strong distinct vocals, her lyrics ring poignantly as she sings, “You couldn’t get enough of my lovin’, why can’t back when happen again?” Her own heartache mixes with the humming violin and a bluegrass beat that cuts through the melancholy soundscape. 

Through Carper’s artistry, she creates a bittersweet sonic manifestation of how it feels to miss someone, a someone who may have been “the one”. She offers her own unrequited feelings that ring true to her listeners and tell the simple yet familiar story of longing that is not especially unique, but is powerful and perceptible.

As her lower tones bellow and reminisce with clarity beneath the acoustic texture of the soundscape, Carper communicates that such painful personal experience that although this track may be new it feels quite old. It’s the point where life has built up inside and pain tries to polarize, that Carper decidedly cuts through to release truth and play the blues. The result is an open heart that offers solidarity to the many in similar shoes. 

As predecessor to her upcoming album Daddy’s Country Gold, “Back When” points to a promising album filled with honesty, gravity, and swinging liveliness. She contrasts heavy emotion with playful musicianship, as well as a classic maturity to her modern circumstances. With a long history of musical collaborations including Arkansas’ “Sad Daddy” and “Buffalo Gals Band”, Carper has taken striking steps with her new track and soon to be released album. Listeners will find the satisfying vintage sounds of soul, blues, and country, all culminating in rooted authenticity. She doesn’t shy away in her vocals, lyrics, or composition from the honesty and potency of more difficult feelings. Instead, she writes and creates from an internally emotional place that pours out and manifests externally as well-lived music.

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VI: Eve Adams – Blues Look The Same (2021)

You can feel it. The long drawn hand of a sliding guitar reaching out, sweeping travelers up to floating heights and old sights of the past. It appears a seamless rise as a sweet voice wraps around the hand only to offer a fuller sense of ascent to this flight of sadness and forgotten fancy.

Future and destination sink to the outlying regions of the mind’s eye as LA’s very own Eve Adams’ lulls listeners into what she calls a “place between places” in her opening track, “Blues Look the Same”. This introduction to the nostalgic world of her third album, Metal Bird, amasses a merry-go-round of grounded melodies and sounds that collectively creates a jet-setting atmosphere of a modest, yet melancholy track steeped in the blues. Like a dreamy surrender from the past, Adams’ smooth soothing vocals daintily directs her fellow travelers through the bittersweet turbulence of a fading memory. 

Traveling to such an altitude rarely comes without the fuel of great lows. Living without landing. Presence in the past. Existence apart from arrival. All commonplace feelings in the traveler’s mind who experience the weight of life, the uncertainty of circumstances, or the shattered senses of a great loss.

Here lies the catalyst of Adams album and the heart of her artistry. Through her own personal loss, Adams offers companionship and a guiding hand to a communal experience she calls “exploring the sky.”  Allowing personal vulnerability to sit as the cornerstone of her craft, she transformed her hardship through great honesty and understanding into music that reaches far, wide, and inside.

Gifting life’s great pains as a romantic getaway in the sky is generous but far from self-indulgent. Like a fine-tuned radar, Adam’s navigated introspection with an emotional agility that lands lightly but just enough to collect companions. Through the extraordinary juxtapositions of lost loves and lovely losses, great heights and looming lows, Adam’s gives her listeners the truth that while they are lost in the sky, they are not alone. 

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