Henry Jamison creates beautiful layers for The Wilds

The WildsThe debut album from Vermont's 'millennial transcendentalist' folk singer Henry Jamison is an airy and atmospheric walk through an intellectual landscape of sounds. The Wilds is out 27th October 2017 through Akira Records. Musically, Jamison shares Big Thief’s intimacy, but his instrumentation alternates between the baroque — he plays all the strings on his upcoming album himself — and electronic, with flourishes that are more Drake than Nick Drake. The collection feels introspective and contemplative, while still creating an accessible and inviting space to wander around in from start to finish.

The title track weaves a thread that flows throughout the album with a lush production and thought-provoking lyrical structure. The music seldom feels overwhelming and never overpowers any of its pieces. There is a harmony that transcends the obvious vocal nuances. Jamison literally recorded his debut collection in the wild and raw wilderness. He made a recording pilgrimage that many New England musicians take atop a mountain in Vermont. He has always been interested in getting back to nature and the connection within each song feels as calming as the soft and rustic crunch of the partially frozen ground on a long nature trail.

The album's standout track, "The Last Time I Saw Adrianne" pays tribute to Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker. It was written and inspired after Jamison heard the band's song "Paul". There is a rich string arrangement that flows like a gentle a comforting breath. The steady rise and fall conjures feelings of intimate admiration and raw honesty. The Wilds has a consistently refreshing group of layers that remain open and delicate.

Jamison's music is written more like a novel than anything else. This is no surprise considering his family lineage, which includes ties to the 14th Century British poet John Gower. The Wilds is an album that is definitely deserving of the warm embrace of a needle and turntable. There is room to move around in as each song passes into the next in a smooth, seamless manner. It's even more impressive to realize that each of the varying sounds of strings comes from the same individual. Not everybody can make a pilgrimage or retreat to the untouched mountains in the United States, but Jamison brings each listener as close as possible and takes the time to put each melody exactly where it needs to be. As the seasons begin to change and the weather starts to get colder, he captures the shifting sands of time in a beautifully layered arrangement.

Release: 27th October 2017, Akira Records


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