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Esther Rose (from the album Safe to Run available on New West Records) (by Danny McCloskey)
Armed with the solid support of acoustic guitar chords, Esther Rose enters her recent release, Safe to Run. The opening cut, “Stay”, shares travel experiences via lyrical visuals of The West, encouraging ‘stay if you want to’ over an instrumental build as beautiful of the land in its story. Esther Rose, a Michigan native, relocated to New Orleans where she got a musical start in the city’s sonic diversity. Fellow NOLA transplant Alynda Segarra (Hurray for the Riff Raff) joins Esther Rose on the Safe to Run title track. Following three years honing her sound in New Orleans, infatuation with traditional Country music began to find its way into her own sound. Esther Rose left New Orleans, relocating to the desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico where the two-year writing process of Safe to Run became real.
Her songs traveled alongside life decisions. Ss the inkwell the scripted stories following the same trajectory: from the comfortable to the unknown. Early years song subjects told of self-discovery, the topics fading as she began to dive deeper, Esther Rose feeling the new creations as she was ‘writing from depths never explored, and feeling sometimes like I was losing my mind. A softness unfurled. I’ve moved out of a chaotic transitional place. I’m not running anymore’. Safe to Run showcases her description when a slow shuffle is the foundation for “Arm’s Length” as a trance-inducing dreamscape floats underneath the sharp-strum of a lone guitar, dancing with a fiddle for the “St. Francis Waltz”. Esther Rose is ‘searching for three chords and the truth’ as she shouts ‘let me go’ watching “Spider” spins a web. A confession becomes “Insecure” as Safe to Run takes a west coast trip to offer lyrical judgment for “Dream Girl” and sings a sweet song of disaster for “Chet Baker”. The words of Esther Rose flesh out snapshots of daily life, speaking from the life around her as much as Safe to Run becomes a personal diary when a heartbeat thump grounds the tale in “Levee Song” as Esther Rose weaves an ethereal melody to suit the historical tone in a New Mexico travelogue for “New Magic II”. (by Danny McCloskey)
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