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ISMAY (from the album Desert Pavement available as an independent release) (by Lee Zimmerman)
Singer, songwriter, storyteller, and farmer Avery Hellman — professionally known as ISMAY — boasts a charming new album that shows off a somewhat spectral sound. It’s conveyed courtesy of dainty vocals and the tender trappings infused by producer Andrew Marlin, best known as half of the duo Watchhouse.
It makes for a sound that’s lush and lovely, and on songs such “The Shearer + The Darby Ram”, “I Called You Up”, and “The Dove, The Shrew & The Racoon”, ISMAY purveys a precious sound that recalls the likes of Melanie, Janis Ian, Carly Simon, and other delicate yet delightful denizens of an earlier era. It’s not that there’s any lack of emphasis or energy; songs such as ”Melodies”, “Streaming Family”, “The Window Shade”, and “Where Did It Begin” are powered along by a thick undertow that offers a decided contrast to the effortlessly expressive vocals. Having up in western realms, Hellman is well qualified to evoke the outstretched emotions of the rural California farms and fields that are such an essential influence on this music. Ultimately then, Desert Pavement is an album that’s tender and touching and yet, at the same time, one that makes a most emphatic impression. (by Lee Zimmerman)
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