For the past few weeks I’ve been working on developing an acoustic set for my solo live performances. Ive been paying a lot of attention to what makes a song feel complete when its stripped down to nothing but vocals and acoustic guitar. No overdubs, piano, doubled vocals, strings, effects, etc. I started looking through my music library for songs by some of my favorite artists that I could reference/steal from for inspiration, and (kind-of) to my surprise, a much larger number of tracks than I would have imagined featured extra accompaniment of some kind. I actually found it pretty difficult to make this playlist flow well with the limited amount of music that fit the requirements(no live tracks/bootlegs solo performances allowed). I’m pretty happy with the result though, and I think its a pretty good showcase of just how many different things you can actually do with only one voice and one guitar.
The Tallest Man On Earth – The Gardner
Nick Drake – Road
The Microphones – I Felt Your Shape
Neutral Milk Hotel – Two Headed Boy
Elliott Smith – Pitseleh ( I cheated it has a piano part! it’s one of the few Elliott songs with no guitar overdubs though)
“What better way to get acquainted with Drew Danburry than to hear the first two tracks from his sixth album Goodnight Gary. Right, album six. The singer, songwriter, nonstop tourer (750 shows since 2005), and seemingly downcast jokester/self-archivist is also planning a companion record Goodnight Dannii, which brings the count to seven. Danburry’s been doing his thing for about eight years, ostensibly in Provo, Utah. (Or at least that’s where he’s currently residing.) I’ve put the songs in the order they appear on the record because they sound best that way: “The Religion Of Me” is a quiet acoustic exposition and “Edited” opens out to other voices assisting Danburry in his late-night retelling of a bloody dream. Like the latter’s title suggests, each of these is a snippet.” -stereogum
I think the songs sound better in the reverse order, so I’m putting them up that way. You can of course, listen to them in any order you please. “Edited” is my fav of the two, wish it were longer though.
“I’m waiting for the drugs to wear off / I’m waiting for the medicine to kick in/ I’m waiting for the summer to be endlessly promising again” sings 21 year old Oberlin, Ohio resident Meagan Day on album opener “Cathedral park”. Lyrics that recall Letting off the happiness-era bright eyes, talk-sung in a voice that sounds a lot like early Mirah, if not without its own distinct lilt; “I’m eternally splitting at the seems/with the way that my favorite singer sings/ with the feeling that the perfect sad song brings”.