It's interesting (to me, at least) to see how the music featured here has changed over the years. Americana is indeed a big tent. I'm finding myself moving more towards the jazzier, abstract side of things. With that being said, though, instrumental music doesn't necessarily give me feelings the way the lyrical stuff does. For me, jazz is more about creating a nice atmosphere than an emotional release.
That's where I'm at with Sarah Marie Young's second album. There's no question that her singing will stop you in your tracks -- she's got the awards to prove it. Young relies more heavily on R&B influences than she did on her previous album, making me feel both classy and sexy when I have it on. Her songwriting is much more focused, as well. Young is releasing the album with a Dutch label called Snip Records, which releases digital music in high-res formats. I'm no audiophile, but it's worth the extra few euros to capture the depth of Young's voice.
I'm having a hard time finding songs to embed here, but you can get a preview in the YouTube video below and stream the album on Sarah's site.
Sarah Maire Young -- Official, Facebook, Purchase from Snip Records, Purchase from iTunes