Release Date: Jul 10, 2015
Record label: Middle of Nowhere Records
Head here to submit your own review of this album. If one were to select the best modern crafter of Young- or Dylan-esque folk-rock out of a lineup, a 23-year-old Scottish woman named Rachel Sermanni likely would not have landed too high on many peoples' lists. Her 2012 debut, Under Mountains, was full of rich Highland imagery that showed her prowess as a lyricist and promise as musician, but it was certainly a more standard variety of folk, much like the kinds that pepper alt radio stations.
Rachel Sermanni, at the age of just 23, is quietly proving herself to be one of Britain’s most promising folk artists. Tied to the Moon is a captivating follow-up to her 2012 debut, Under Mountains, offering a richer, darker take on the soft folk of that record. With its driving electric guitars and dreamy chorus, the album opener, Run, showcases Sermanni’s stunning voice and newfound swagger.
One of the things that’s always made certain artists stand out for me is their ability to tell stories through songwriting; whether it’s the heartbreak of separation in Transatlanticism by Death Cab For Cutie, the tales told by classic folk artists such as Bob Dylan or Joan Baez, or the yarns that are the reason I’ve returned to the most recent Father John Misty album so many times this year. Scottish songwriter Rachel Sermanni is one of the most accomplished storytellers to have emerged in recent years. What really elevates her is that her stories aren’t just the tales of love lost or other personal experiences that pepper so many of her contemporaries’ material, but her ability to weave stories that seemingly bear no resemblance to her life as a twenty-something musician.
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