This past February, Avery released their flawless self titled debut EP and I have to admit it’s one of my favorites of the year so far. Granted, lately I’m a sucker for this kind of music that blends folk and Americana to create a sound that’s as comforting to my ears as a warm blanket is on a cold winter night. The combination of cello, guitars (of all sorts, including steel) and the languid, sleepy, smokey vocals of Mariah DeRaet makes for a seductive combination in no uncertain terms. They list their influences as Debussy, Beethoven, Tracyanne Campbell, Simon Joyner, Leonard Cohen, David Bazan, and strong drinks—so you can see it’s difficult to go wrong. Additionally, with Allison Galbreath on Cello, DeRaet on Guitar and Vocals, Matt Safranek on Lead Guitar and Vocals and Eric Estrada on Drums, this is a winning combination.
The smooth locomotive opener of “Lovers” on the EP is one of my favorite songs of the year and I’ve been champing at the bit to feature it as the Song of the Week for some time now. This week seemed perfect since they are not playing one, but two shows this week and it’s still one of my favorite tracks of the year. It’s easy to hear why it was the pre-EP single release last September and still holds up a year later as a stand out track. The song feels like it was written when trains commanded the mass transporation of this country, an anachronistic tune that tells the tale of love and confusion and loss, which is a recurring theme on the EP. It is pure beauty filled with melancholy and a reflection on a relationship that has had its ups and many downs, but they are still trying to make it work. This is about true love, a love that is not easy, but one that endures through time with committed effort. You can virtually hear the heartbreak in the cello and the vocal delivery, the sense of world weariness involved, the introspective meditation on the worth of this difficult love. There is nothing lost here in the translation from feeling to song, it is pure and brilliant and makes your heart ache right along with every note, every moment.
Tonight, ending a brief hiatus, Avery is holding their comeback show at Crescent Ballroom. The will be supported by the amazing lineup of Emby Alexander, The Holy Coast and Balcony Scene. The show kicks off at 8PM and Avery will hit the stage at 10:30. If you can’t make tonights show, never fear, you can catch them Saturday night at Lee Perreira’s CD release party being held at the Sail Inn where they will be joined by some of the best and brightest talent in the East Valley.
Lovers in love like a gift from up above I’m losing sight
It’s hard to see everything in pink when it’s been black or white
Although it is impossible for me
And all the good parts are few and far between
I’ll keep trying
Lovers in pain what have you to gain from being cruel
There was a time when all I could see was me and you
But now that time has passed and let you go
The months that followed suit took their toll
Your love was such a heavy blow
Lover I love talking softly holding my hand as we go
Slipping away into that perfect place let’s take it nice and slow
It’s hard for me to believe in anything
But all my reservations are slowly unraveling
You could be it for me