From Wisconsin, now Oakland, CA based – Pezzettino is actually Margaret Stutt, who adopted the name from a Leo Lionni children’s book. Her first album was released in 2008 and her latest – Resin is her 11th album release, so far. This is a compassionate collection of songs that reflect the environment in which Pezzettino has surrounded herself since moving to the west coast in 2013. And she no longer performs live due to the rigors of that side of the music business, which gives her much more creative time to produce her standard of that falls somewhere between that of Big Thief and Suzanne Vega.
These nine very fresh tracks appropriately kick off with “Home” and it’s a melancholy, bittersweet opener with subtle piano chords and her angelic voice doing the business. If you’re not familiar with this prolific artist, it’s as good as any introduction can get. The piano solo is where the song becomes undeniably compelling, before she comes back with some cunning lyrics to show how serious she can be. “wikiHow” is the next track and it’s a lot more serious when you follow the lyrics, but it’s also a leap forward in just about every department, so it shows an instant progression from the previous cut.
After a moment of good interest in what results in pretty much a prelude to the next track “If You’re Listening,” once again appropriately finds itself in the song arrangement as if to suggest a strong thread runs through the album after hearing only two songs. But this is even more interesting, complete with streaming water and bamboo chimes effects surrounded by more of that lovely piano playing. It reminds more of new age music than anything, but the vocals/lyrics take it into mainstream pop world, musically speaking. That’s just because to call it alternative rock, electronica, etc, wouldn’t exactly be right either.
“Falling Down” is a much deeper but less lyrically refined song than any of the previous cuts, this is where things start to peak and get undeniably more interesting. The lyrics are the main-focus, but the music is also haunting and equally compelling. “How To” plays out more like an epic instruction manual on how to start and end every day by forgetting how to go about it. This might all sound soft to a degree, but it’s delicateness is underlined with naked thunder. Don’t miss this outstanding moment, the record seems to be built around it in grand fashion for the better.
“Virginia” is once again another compelling story with a strong narrative feel to the vocals which obviously carry on about something very personal, regardless of any character factors. “Shower Song” must also be heard in the mix as much as anything on the album, it’s certainly one of the more interesting tracks. In fact, if you’re dealing with any of the concerns and issues found in the lyrics on this entire album, you’ll instantly relate to it. You’ll even love “Sleepless” and how it ultimately takes you out with “Cloudy Covers” for a sensational audio experience about what goes on at home.