See You On the Moon
is a profoundly focused Tift doing what she does best better than she ever has - poignant writing and performing welded to the steady pursuit of new places. Joining the ‘Moon' sessions were, among others, celebrated pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz and My Morning Jacket's Jim James who adds hauntingly beautiful harmony to album centerpiece Feel of the World.See You On the Moon
is tethered by Merritt's eye for chiseled detail, her evocative voice, and her steely desire for emotional breakthrough and musical growth. New textures, angles, and instrumentation abound. The record opens with "Mixtape", an analogue-fuelled love letter to the handmade cassette tape. Brought to life with Bill Withers' spare arrangements in mind, "Mixtape" is punctuated by percussive strings and hand claps. 'At heart, making a mixtape is a really introverted pleasure. We didn't want lose that sort of I've got a secret feel.' "Engine To Turn" swells with a melody both simple and beautiful, bound by a life affirming lyric. The driving "Six More Days of Rain", a meditation on the beauty of human resilience, resonates with the power of piano and pleading voice. "Feel of the World", at the record's heart, recounts the story Tift's grandmother's recent death through the eyes of the grandfather she never knew.
In her nascent career, Tift Merritt has already produced an impressive body of work and earned a passionate, dedicated audience. Her live performances, both with her band and on her own, are similarly riveting. Tift's preceding albums are 2002's debut Bramble Rose
, 2005's Grammy-nominated Tambourine
, and 2008's widely acclaimed Another Country
. 2010's stellar See You On The Moon
is a most important step forward in a remarkable artistic journey that continues to search, penetrate, and surprise.
Ori Release 2010 from Country/Pop Rock singer songwriter, includes two well-chosen covers, a forceful take on Emitt Rhodes' "Live to You Die" and a version of Kenny Loggins' "Danny's Song".