Friday, May 8, 2015

On The Water Creates A Truly Honest Heartfelt Record With Cordelia

"Cordelia" is the latest release from On The Water and it is proving to be one of the best mixes of folk music I’ve heard in a while. I use the term folk here, but it’s far more reaching than just that. It’s a heartfelt record with an emotional lyrical element that you don’t always get with these records. It’s here that you are thrown into what the true nature of life really is, like an old Tom Waits record, but with a bit of a modern push. There are several elements sewed into the tracks, each one building towards the next, and giving you a painting of life’s highs and lows.

You get a taste for the raw emotion that comes from “Varsity”, then moves through “Cordelia”, and “Gatekeeper”. The unfolding set pieces creates such melody that creates a great rush. The 10 tracks found here flow through various quality tracks that do not try to hide behind emotional outlying words, but rather simplicity. There’s a raw element here, something you hear from the recording style, and the rhythms pushed.

Overall, “Cordelia” feels vintage, but it’s new. It’s a testament to the creativity of the song structures, and the way things transition from song to song. Singer Fletcher Van Vilet certainly puts together a great mix line up of tracks here. “Faint Ink” is my personal favorite, but it’s the collection of tracks that make this release so much more powerful than just one or two singles. I love when artists are able to create a fluidity through art. This is art, and it’s altogether a great release.

For fans of folk/alternative, without the heavy polish this is a record for you. It begs to be heard, dissected, and explored on a deeper level. Lyrically balanced, emotionally connected, and artistically handled, “Cordelia” is a record that stands out amidst a crowded genre.

You can get the record, hear more via  and listen below if you'd like. I highly suggest you pick this record up and take some time to put headphones on and flow through the words, the music, and see where it takes you.

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