The Summer of Eps: Part 2 Joy Williams

July has seen a quick succession of standalone EP’s released by women in Nashville; Caitlyn Smith, Molly Parden and Joy Williams. The story and words are the prime focus of these artists who refuse to stick to one “type” of music and who bend genres, and at times reimagine them, all in service of the story. The first of … Continue reading The Summer of Eps: Part 2 Joy Williams

The Summer of Eps: Part 1 Molly Parden

July has seen a quick succession of standalone EP’s released by women in Nashville; Caitlyn Smith, Molly Parden and Joy Williams. The story and words are the prime focus of these artists who refuse to stick to one “type” of music and who bend genres, and at times reimagine them, all in service of the … Continue reading The Summer of Eps: Part 1 Molly Parden

John Paul White

In November of last year John Paul White, formerly of The Civil Wars, performed an unexpected and low key set of brand new songs at The Moth Light in North Carolina. Accompanying White were The Secret Sisters who brought female harmonies and emotional echoes to the songs, and a small band consisting of a keyboardist/cellist … Continue reading John Paul White

‘We Can Never Go Back’ – Joy Williams

Over the weekend Joy Williams dropped two new or partially new songs; both acoustic in nature. 'Before I Sleep' the opening track off her recently released album, 'Venus', and a brand new song that didn't make the album, 'We Can Never Go Back'. Unlike her album, both these songs are devoid of any EDM influence … Continue reading ‘We Can Never Go Back’ – Joy Williams

A Song a Day: ‘The Dying Kind’ – Every Rose Has It’s Thorn, Every Thorn Has It’s Crown

‘The Dying Kind’ is perhaps the oddest song on ‘VENUS’, Joy Williams' new album. On the one hand it fits perfectly with Joy’s description of wanting the album “to sound like I'd built a log cabin on Venus." but on the other, it feels somewhat out of place with the rest of the tracks; moving away … Continue reading A Song a Day: ‘The Dying Kind’ – Every Rose Has It’s Thorn, Every Thorn Has It’s Crown

A Song a Day: ‘Not Good Enough’ – A Push and Pull Towards Love

‘Not Good Enough’ from Joy Williams’ new album ‘VENUS’ is your all or nothing love song. With heavy beats, slick production and soaring, desperate vocals, the track tells a story of a fight for love amidst all the messiness and raw emotions that only a long-term relationship can foster. What makes this song unique, is … Continue reading A Song a Day: ‘Not Good Enough’ – A Push and Pull Towards Love

A Song a Day: ‘Welcome Home’ – A Love Letter to Unconditional Love

‘Welcome Home’ begins with what I can only describe as what the sun rising over the Earth would sound like if this astronomically constant was put to music; droning strings, opening up the piece like the sun opening up the skyline. Think what Holst did with ‘The Planets’; giving the planetary elements a musical body … Continue reading A Song a Day: ‘Welcome Home’ – A Love Letter to Unconditional Love

A Song a Day: ‘You Loved Me’

‘You Loved Me’ is a quintessential pop song with a traditional framework, which is juxtaposed against a very unconventional message Unlike ‘Until the Levee’ or ‘Before I Sleep’ there are no thumping EDM beats or over wrought production, just pure organic instrumentation; a piano, percussion and a smattering of acoustic guitar. The song is beautifully … Continue reading A Song a Day: ‘You Loved Me’

A Song a Day: ‘Sweet Love of Mine’

‘Sweet Love of Mine’ adds to the melting pot that is 'VENUS'. Gathering up the musical threads of Sade, London Grammar with elements of neo-soul and gospel into her hands, Joy Williams has created her own unique sound; soothing like a lullaby but also incredibly sensuous. “Oh my darling, sweet love of mine/ I’ll hold … Continue reading A Song a Day: ‘Sweet Love of Mine’

A Song a Day: ‘One Day I Will’ – Word by Word, Step by Step

‘One Day I Will’ is the most sparse and naked song on the album both instrumentally and lyrically. Gone are the heavy beats and synths, and instead you are left with a beautiful yet heartbreaking jazz piano piece reminiscent of Joy’s early years, listening to the standards of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. The arrangement … Continue reading A Song a Day: ‘One Day I Will’ – Word by Word, Step by Step