DH Scott My Body Longed For The Summer (Self-released)
This is a folk album in all respects from its ramble on righteously way of proceeding from song to song, to the singer’s voice and syncopated guitar duels. But more than that, this is an honest creative statement, spoken and played in a language both plaintive and privately provocative—filled with nuance, interesting instrumental arrangements and a sense of longing, expectation and ennui—that positively separate it from much the genre through musical leaps of faith and intimate moments gleaned by experiencing both the holy and the mundane in life.
“Banish My Soul To New Mexico” is an unassuming tune; quiet, almost resigned, the song tells a tale of endings, of falling short of heaven, of ending up in New Mexico as a result. That appears to be no curse; rather the song describes an opportunity to grab bolts of lightning and so join up with something greater and brighter than the sum of the past. The title track, meanwhile burns and shuffles through the pain of expectation, dirge-like but still hopeful at the end. On this track, Scott’s voice has a vibrato in it that resembles the voice of Willie Nelson and the crackle of that voice, complemented by a wavering, drifting violin supplied by Rachael Penn is both hearteningly sweet and totally, unforgivably sad. Mi favorito: “Long Arms Of Regret” for its haunting, trickling and beautifully bleary keyboard arrangement. Spend at least a month with this fragile yet hopeful work before summer’s short lease ends again.