As the leaves revert to their autumnal crisp on the last pages of the year's calendar, the warmth of the Blue Ridge Mountains begins to hibernate inside the songs of its foggy hills. The water in the rivers turn too cold for swimming and the conversations spoken of on the trails and at the campsites are abandoned for ones by the fireplaces inside cabins locked away from the howling winds and piling snow. On Shay Martin Lovette's debut record album, Swift Drifter, the luminary songwriter pairs the undying radiance of the short stories and forgotten records of olden days in a newfound eclecticism adored by traditionalists and modernists alike. The album's ambitious twang, it's rich, timeless lyricism, and sprawling, warm textures streamline Lovette to a rightful roost alongside many of his veteran songwriter heroes. The copper-colored elegance of Swift Drifter glows and crackles throughout. Its phosphorescence casting into the mountain's dark evening void illuminating a frosty path towards nature's next bloom.
Stream Shay Martin Lovette's debut full-length Swift Drifter out July 9.