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Lomelda – Late Dawn Inheritance (Music Review)

In Review on October 8, 2012 at 6:45 pm

LomeldaTemperatures are dropping, stew is simmering, and jackets are being pulled from the back of the closet. Autumn. Fall. Whichever name you prefer, I have an album for you to enjoy while sipping on that cup of coffee (spiced tea, anyone?).

Born in the piney woods of Silsbee, Lomelda will be releasing a new album later this month. Yes, I know Tevis Bluff is a literature blog but I thought you needed to know about this album. The music is perfect for the cooling weather and the lyrics are pure poetry. In fact, we featured one poem from the singer, Hannah Read, over a year ago on Tevis Bluff and it is the second track and first single from their album. Anyways, let’s get to it.

Late Dawn Inheritance is a collection of songs that can only be described as Americana. Musically, it contains acoustic guitars, a pump organ, a cello, and a few other instruments laying around the house. Vocally, Hannah portrays a hopeful despair in these songs about death, doubt, and memories. Many of the songs are about the loss of a loved one and you can hear it in her voice. Her melodies are little adventures in every line. Sometimes, her note choices remind me of an improvisational jazz musician. On Dying Song, Hannah says as much with her yodeling and voice breaking into notes as she does with her words. You need to hear her sing this song. Speaking of the words, well, let me just let you read what’s sung in Dying Song:

I can remember the day that he died
Remember and hardly cry
Well, maybe this is time to move on
And maybe I’ll just sing one more song

‘Cause when he sang his dying song
I wasn’t even close
They called to tell me it wouldn’t be long
This is just the way that it goes

Still all I can sing about these days
Is dying and being put in a grave
Well, maybe there’s no other kind of song
And maybe my thoughts are just wrong

But when I sing my dying song
I hope you’ll sit real close
And maybe even sing along
That would be the best way to go
__________

I get chills every time I listen to the track (and I’ve hit replay a few too many times). Real quick, before I tell you where to get this album, read this little poetic nugget from The Sea is Calling:

Oh, let’s face it
the present is gone
and the future is not
The past is all we’ve got
Good thing it holds a
lot
__________

The album was released on October 26th. You can purchase the physical or digital album at lomelda.bandcamp.com. The first single is Still, which you can hear below:

Review written by Tyson Peveto

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