Author: Lance Saunders

Emme Packer
Earlier/Later
Blue Siren Records
Street: 07.28
Emme Packer = Karli Fairbanks + Jewel (w/o the whine) + Kathryn Cowles
This album couldn’t be more beautiful in any way. Emme Packer’s lofty, American folk-inspired melodies and guitar plucks hypnotize as you walk to the edge of the cliff. Delicate and instantly appealing, her voice is the force that pushes you over. Earlier holds you in everlasting suspended animation, while Later lets you down softly and leaves you with a higher consciousness and lingering jovial feeling. Emme captivates you with her interpretation of the universe through song. Each track illuminates her poetry and forces you to acknowledge the interconnectedness of the universe and entrances you, instilling a surrounding spirit with her voice to make you feel less lonely. She tells stories of concentrated energy attuned to her own prominent life experiences.  Songs like “In Japan” delve into your psyche with caddies full of intuitive poetry and a circular guitar style. I am truly in awe of this album.

Glade Sowards
Glade
Self-Released
Street: 07.01
Glade Sowards = Black Wagon + David Williams + No Comparison
I was at SLUG Mags’s July LOCALIZED which doubled as David Williams’ CD release show at The Urban Lounge, when it turned into “Glade’s Surprise Record Release Party.” I have to say, it plucked my heart-strings.  Glade had no idea that Jeremi Hansen, Brent Dreiling (Band of Annuals), Brinton Jones (The Devil Whale) and Jesse Ellis (Blue Sunshine Soul) had recorded, mastered, pressed and duplicated 250 discs from four years of Glade’s collected demos. Let me say that they do NOT sound like demos. I think of Glade as chief of his own market. “New York City” stands alone as a somber ballad of missing someone, while “Again” reflects the return of a love lost. Every song on this record is honest, heartfelt and beautiful.