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Nathaniel Talbot Quartet

Here in the Fields

Out now

Straying from the radioized brand of folk music that's topping airwaves, Nathaniel Talbot's powerful, swooning voice

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Here in the Fields

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Nathaniel Talbot Quartet

Here in the Fields

Out now

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.

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