Thursday, June 17, 2010

Buy New Music: Rough Mixes by Natasha Akery

I haven't bought any new music for myself in a really, really long time. I'm talking like since your only choice was a CD. (Ok, I did download U2's last album, but that doesn't feel like it really counts because 1) I've never even listened to it and 2) I've been listening to them since I was 12 years old, so they aren't exactly new-to-me artists--but I digress).

So when I got an email from my Holy Yoga classmate, Natasha, saying that she'd published an album, I waited about 5 seconds before I got myself on iTunes to get it. You see, Natasha's one of these crazy talented women. In addition to being an amazing singer-songwriter, she's a Hebrew scholar, a poet, a serious yogini, with wisdom beyond her years, and that je ne sais quoi that puts people at ease and makes them laugh a lot. I got to hear her play and sing while in Arizona and her songs had lingered with me ever since.

Rough Mixes is a delightful mini-album. Natasha's voice is rootsy-angelic, like this cherub's got some dirt on her wings. In a good way. The lyrics are vulnerable, the tunes soft and clean. Farm Boy is my favorite. Check her out here. Thanks, Natasha, for sharing your gift. Can't wait for your next album!

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