CD REVIEW: Every Bush and Tree by Selah Broderick

Selah Broderick’s latest track Every Bush and Tree is a soothing amalgamation of traditional folk elements with a raw lo-fi edge that helps create an alluring example of contemporary country-folk music. Together with Selah’s delicate vocal cadences and harmony add-ons, it becomes a potent reminder of the power of grassroots music and the significant effect it has had on popular music. Every Bush and Tree has a relatively simple arrangement, four sets of verses that hover around an evocative series of chord progressions and other subtle sonic textures but it is precisely this simplicity which becomes the engaging element of the track. Selah’s voice is mixed perhaps a little too far back in this aural landscape but it nonetheless enables the music to make a greater impact. If the vocal was up front the dynamics of the track would have been different; it would have allowed for the vocal to take centre stage and subsequently, the lyric, historically a typically major focus of folk music. That said, the vocal is greatly enhanced by the hypnotic harmonies, which add a layer of vibrancy and energy to the track. Another interesting aspect is the stretch of instrumentation which bookends the vocalised elements; this imbues the arrangement with a curious cyclical sort of aspect which generates anticipation in the listener. The track invokes a relaxed atmosphere, with Selah’s voice an integral part of this, the interplay of voice and acoustic guitar is like a series of musical caresses that leave the listener with a sense of yearning and, surprisingly, hope. One hears with Every Bush and Tree not only a sonic landscape but a visceral one, one that conjures a peaceful and unified natural world. This is the kind of song that will have the effect of transporting you away from the rigours of daily life and into a universe that is steeped in gentleness and calm. Every Bush and Tree has a contemplative feel about it, and one that will not dissipate with repeated listens.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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