Anaïs Mitchell - Young Man In America (US, Wilderland, 2012/2017)
Back in 2012 my musical expansion was in fullflight. I consumed more music than I could listen to and started to take them with me, trough headphones, on late night bicycle rides. Records had a way of showing their beauty at night, when all was dark and when I was alone. Maybe because I could not get distracted and pay full atention to what I was hearing. A sort of escape from everyday jingle jangle.
Anaïs Mitchell has a voice that is somewhere inbetween Joanna Newsome and Joni Mitchel. A voice that can get easily on your nerves when youre not in the right mood.. or better said: a classic case of you hate it or love it.
I loved the way her songs took on my imagination. The lyrics told stories that fueled daydream-like fantasies. The instrumentation gets eclectic sometimes, but not in the classic way of the word. There is room to dream away on those notes. Keytrack here is: Ships. Which basicly feels like the tide rolling into the harbour late at night, while the ships sail in or dance on the waves, ankered to the bottom. Beauty in its simplicity.