Straying from the radioized brand of folk music that's topping airwaves, Nathaniel Talbot's powerful, swooning voice and impressive instrumentation on Here in the Fields offers listeners a powerful glimpse into the singer's life.
It's emotional on a personal level, with a sound that effortlessly drags you into the song while simultaneously feeling like it was recorded in a forest. "Jamestown," the opening track, gallops with a country flow that's molded into something more experimental, yet authentic. "Tug of War," by comparison, begins slower with a soft guitar intro that more or less trickles into the song over a soft snare beat. It builds into something that I swear almost makes you smell pine and rain.
The rest of the CD, from "August Demands" to "Woolen Heart," tells this same story through the eyes of a man you've (most likely) never met, in a way that feels autobiographical and as if it was written next to a babbling brook in the mountains, with an arbitrary uplifting message embedded into each pluck of the fiddle and pop of the drum. It's a pleasant treat to stumble upon something like this. A fantastic album from beginning to end.