Heyyyyy Merriment. I’ve been excited about this album since I heard that it was going to exist, because I just adore every single member of this entire musical family.
“Take Heart.” Christie’s voice is a bit folksier than that of any of her sisters — it’s different but equally nice, and more suited to some moods. Said folksiness is being nicely highlighted here, though this is not a folksy song in particular; this has a bit of a Ingrid Michaelson/A Fine Frenzy feeling to it, which I mean with love and adoration given the immense respect and fondness I have for both artists.
“Tremendous Love.” A slightly folksier riff to start things off, but not particular folksiness in the vocal or the lyrics or any such. This feels like it would belong nicely on a film soundtrack, possibly an episode of a television show that I might not watch because it’s not my genre but I’d see gifsets of it on tumblr and respect it from a distance.
“Somehow.” The thing that’s always killed me with Eisley is the harmonies and therefore the fullness, but since this is mostly just Christie singing (and the boys doing instruments too, an equally important part but not the same as pertains to the affect of the tone) it’s a whole different thing. More label-ably singer-songwriter, as evidenced by the aforementioned comparisons. I like it. I’m up for it. I wanna learn the words to all of it.
“Now I’m Silver.” Oh that’s a nice little title. And this is a nice little song. I feel like this particular liveblog is not super-super coherent, for which I apologize, but I’m quite happy. That’s enough.
“Backwards.” They posted this one as a preview months ago and I spent about four days listening to it obsessively. I like it a lot, and it feels a bit less twee than the rest — not that I mind the twee, I quite like it, but this, at least the verses, feels a bit more… moody. A bit more. This band still has a very optimistic sound.
“Two Worlds.” Oh, hey, I know this song too. From previous release through Strange Yellow Patterns and subsequent mixing. This is a better quality of recording though, with a bit more contrast between vocal and instrumentation and that’s nice. I like listening to new recordings of songs I know already.
“Patterns.” “Maybe you could be some part of what I need.” Yes, all right. This one is a bit less twee also. I’m not sure if twee is even the right word, actually, but — okay, well, let me put it this way. The DuPrees are fairies, right, Sherri is the most colorful one and Stacy is the one who’s best-suited to the white floral maxi dresses and Chauntelle is the one who’s best at blending in with humans, well, Christie is the baby (of course she is she is technically the youngest of the sisters) and she has a bit more earthiness to her, she’s spent less time in the fairy world or whatnot. (I’m sorry I have this whole ridiculous fantastical headcanon about these real people. But they don’t exactly do anything to disprove it, considering I have seen multiple instances of them referring to themselves as fairies via reblogged Instagram photo commentary.) Also, “it goes one, two, three, one, two, three,” I don’t know why I like that so much, it’s just counting, but I do. I like the melody of it.
“Spill.” “You know it feels nice to have you on my side, when everything is dark and lonely it’s hard for me to tell you baby that I want you here beside me.” “You take the hardest part of leaving, you make it so hard to believe in.” Introspective, yes. “I’ll never fake a smile just to please you.” Oh that is such a beautiful thing that I am glad is in a song.
“Nothing to Lose.” This one was also pre-released, I believe. I’ve definitely heard it before, anyway, and I like it. The guitar sounds almost vintage, like it belongs in a surf movie, though her voice sort of does not match that and I really like the contrast. I also really like what she’s doing with her voice on this track on an individual level. I like her little slides and whatnot.
“Down by the Creek.” Oh, oh, I. I get the feeling that this might belong — “go on take it to the river but I swear you’ll never see me there again” or something I think that’s what she said — on something I am working on. Even though there is already a Merriment song there. Oh, well. This fits very well.
“Right Again.” Oh, here’s more moody instrumentation. Yes, please, I will take this. “But you were right in front of me there, and you say I wouldn’t dare but you know what it’s like to be the only one who cares.” That’s nice also. These are good songs that I relate to and that is nice, and they could be love songs but aren’t necessarily entirely, and that’s nice. This is also a very good closer song. It’s got that thing about it.
–your fangirl heroine.