The Vinyl Word is a new column where The Farsighted’s poet laureate, Jeremy Ritch, is putting back on his music critic and vinyl appreciator hat to share his love for the format with the world. Starting with the the re-release of the fantastic Velvet Goldmine soundtrack, join Jeremy as he shares his final word on vinyl releases and re-issues… enjoy this issue of The Vinyl Word.
Revelation is a kind of throwback to that early 1960s New York City folk vocal mixed with melancholy instrumentation reminiscent of the mountain music of Appalachia. Taubman’s crafty storytelling of pain, heartbreak, and loss layered a top of a mix of bluegrass, jazzy, and Americana sounds. Her voice is a colorfully unique mosaic of Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, a little sprinkle of Janis Ian, and some wonderful brush strokes of Emmy Lou Harris. The music itself is simplistic but substantial giving a scenic backdrop to Taubman’s voice.
The album has a variety of arrangements that range from the quiet mandolin and fiddle heavy ballad “Sound of Heartbreak” to more psychedelic folk rock on “Hookup”, yet doesn’t lose the general feel or theme of the overall release.
This is a consistent listen that would resonate well with fans of Americana and folk. The vinyl release is packaged well in a gatefold sleeve. The artwork is well done, and it comes with a giant double sided poster.