Title - 'Whispers and Sighs'
Artist - David Olney & Anana Kaye
++ MARCH 26th, '21 ++
For those not in the know, if the futile longing to reach back through memory and grasp what is in the past could be set to music, it would sound like Whispers and Sighs (releasing March 19th, 2021 via Schoolkids Records).
Over the course of 13 tracks, David Olney and Anana Kaye manage to craft a journey that amounts to far more than just another Americana album.
This is to be expected with Olney (this being his final studio album, having sadly passed away on stage in early 2020), an acclaimed songwriter responsible for more than 20 solo albums and songs covered by and/or co-written with the likes of Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, and Linda Ronstadt, among many others.
Further, just as Townes Van Zandt reportedly saw something special in him, Olney felt a similar admiration and kinship towards Kaye, a smoky-voiced Americana darling whose star is assuredly on the rise in Nashville, and her husband and musical partner Irakli Gabriel, both of whom are originally from the country of Georgia.
1. 'The Station' (Prelude)
2. 'My Favorite Goodbye'
3. 'My Last Dream Of You'
4. 'Lie To Me, Angel'
5. 'Thank You Note'
6. 'Behind Your Smile'
7. 'Why Can't We Get This Right?'
8. 'Sideview' (Interlude)
9. 'Last days Of Rome'
10. 'Whispers And Sighs'
11. 'The World As We Used To Know'
12. 'Tennessee Moon'
13. 'The Great Manzini (Disappearing Act)'
The album opens with a few seconds of sorrowful orchestrations that make up 'The Station' (Prelude) and then we roll right into both the beautiful 'My Favorite Goodbye' and the Anana Kaye-sung 'My Last Dream Of You,' before Colney brings us the Petty-esque 'Lie To Me, Angel,' Kaye's dusky vocals then adorn 'Thank You Note' and then we get the earnest love letter to life within 'Behind Your Smile.'
Next up, Kaye brings us the simply stunning 'Why Can't We Get This Right?' which is backed by the orchestral guitar pickings of the thirteen second 'Sideview' (Interlude), and then we get back on track with the Americana rock of 'Last days Of Rome,' Kaye's deep dive into the ethereal storytelling of 'Whispers And Sighs,' the gently euphoric viewpoint of 'The World As We Used To Know,' rounding out on the gentle stillness of my own personal favorite, 'Tennessee Moon,' before they close on the Renaissance-imbibed 'The Great Manzini (Disappearing Act).'
In closing, and whilst it’s hard to escape the seeming cosmic significance of the album as a posthumous Olney release, within it is an undeniable reminder that David Olney’s extraordinary legacy can never fade, while Anana Kaye’s star grows deservedly brighter by the day.
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