Tift Merritt – Traveling Alone
Instinctively, Tift Merritt is on the country side of indie. Here, to show us her country leanings, there’s some pedal steel and slide guitar, but not too much. And to prove her indie credentials, the band includes John Convertino from Calexico, while on ‘Drifted Apart’ she duets with Andrew Bird. The end result is reminiscent of Kathleen Edwards. There’s a hint of melancholy, but it’s not too intense. There’s the occasional whiff of mainstream, but it’s kept in check. Best of all, there’s an ear for a tune. The songs on this album were written over a period of time, but they were recorded in the space of a week. They feel coherent, organic, and, best of all, relaxed. They won’t change your life, but it’ll be a little bit more pleasant for hearing them.