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MP3 Esme Montgomery - A Single Thing

Emotional and poetic songs of a singer/songwriter/rocker from NYC. "The emotions stay in the room when the CD ends."

8 MP3 Songs in this album (30:50) !
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Artist: Esme Montgomery
CD: A Single Thing
By Jennifer Layton

I''ve never heard backing vocals used like they are on Esme Montgomery''s CD "A Single Thing." They''re used like an instrument. They sound like ghosts echoing her words and then blending with Montgomery''s voice in strong, perfect harmony. They also have the same innocent, childlike quality that Montgomery''s voice has (especially in tracks like "Distance" and "Anyplace") adding to the hypnotic, haunting feel.

I have no idea how to classify this New York artist. She is a singer/songwriter who vents,croons, screams, and whispers. She is earnestly expressing spontaneous bursts of thought in songs like "Falling Off Horses." With this one, I feel like she is sitting in front of me, wringing her hands, trying to the point of frustration to explain exactly what she means: "It''s about trains of thought and jumping off them and it''s about moving on before it''s time....It''s about writing a song that nobody hears and playing it one time only between your ears....It''s about rhyming and timing - no, it''s about truth - no, it''s about you." Montgomery just won''t stay in my CD player. She keeps forcing her way out of the speakers and sitting here in my apartment, demanding to be heard.

These songs were recorded over the past 3-4 years in a variety of places, including different studios, the homes of friends, and in the case of "Moon Cry," live at a club. Someone did a great job recording "Moon Cry" - the vocals and instruments are perfectly balanced, and I can still hear the chattering of the audience.

"Climb" sounds like one of the tracks recorded in someone''s living room, and it''s perfect because of its imperfections. The false starts on some of the measures, the accidental bumping of the microphone, the missed guitar chords, and the uncertain wandering of the flute towards the end make me feel like the musicians are sitting all around me, making up the song as they play.

She tries all kinds of sounds, some of it not even conventional music. "Fields" sounds like ghosts wandering through the subway tunnels of New York. It''s what you would hear if you made the crowds down there hush for just a minute. "The Erstwhile Lover" uses electronic sounds that match the mood of the lyrics as she comes to the cold realization that a love is over. "How did it come to pass...how did I think..." is how she tells the story.

Then there''s the wallop of "Get Out of My Head," where she screams out in one long and frustrated shriek, gasps for breath, rants and raves. And that''s just in the first 30 seconds of the song.

The emotions stay in the room when the CD ends. They''re alive in the air. You won''t be able to shake off the feeling of these sounds once they stop.

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