Monday, February 17, 2014

Caitlin Bell -- Blood in the Water

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh vacation. Nothing like hiding in my (wo)man cave with some tunes and a mindless video game. (This week is Tiny Tower. What? I don't like killing things.)

Given the truly hellish week I've had (more on that in a separate, more ambitious post) nothing was more perfect to unwind with than Caitlin Bell's Blood and the Water.

 Bell's spare, Appalachian songs pack a powerful punch on this debut album. They're truly one-of-a-kind. Bell's just as easily convincing as a bitter winter spirit ("Cold December Night") and a returning lover ("Pallet on the Floor") -- luckily for me, both songs are available to stream from Bandcamp.

What I most appreciate about Bell's music is that it has a traditionalist touch but it could appeal to many types of ears. She's choosy about her source material; she's not trying to resurrect any ghosts. And that's what makes Blood in the Water stand firmly on its own.

Caitlin Bell -- Official, Facebook, Stream on Bandcamp, Purchase on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby

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