Capturing the dramatic and poignant spirit of the whole new record, Kelley McLachlan’s new entry comes in the form of “Tumble Down,” an acoustic beauty where the talent singer-songwriter strips down her heart.
From the gossamer “Tumble Down” to the bombastic “Steady Hands” or the mournful “Only Thing We Share,” the stories here are poignant ruminations on love, unanswered questions, and the end of relationships. McLachlan is a standout talent with a powerhouse voice. The arrangements on Misty Valley reflect her rich songwriting with dramatic flourishes of strings, pianos, dynamic guitars, and McLachlan’s unique voice at the center. Misty Valley’s titular track closes the record with McLachlan searching for acceptance, pleading “let the tears soak in / and stain.” It’s an appropriately cinematic ending for an album that explores inconsolable sorrow and righteous anger.
Misty Valley was recorded in Columbia, SC at Slow Radio. McLachlan is joined by Idris Chandler, Ethan Fogus, Kristen Harris (The Boomtown Waifs), Steven Harrod & Branhan Lowther (both of Slim Pickens), Mario McLean, Steve Nuzum, Brodie Porterfield, and Sean Thomson.