So when Marissa Kay's music landed in my Inbox, I wrote back to her, "FUCK YES." The Queer Country shows are amazing but, at the end of the day, they're sad country songs. And sometimes you need the buzzy sad bastard punk-ish songs the likes of John Moreland and Brian Fallon. Marissa Kay, for me, bridges that gap.
"Trans Is Love," the first song she wrote "as Marissa" (according to her liner notes), is a rousing anthem that's buoyed by Kay's pure performance. There are songs of love and breakups, too -- what would a country punk album be without those? -- and some of the bumps that come with anyone's first album. But Trans Is Love is exactly what our corner of the Americana world needs: defiance, optimism, and a fresh perspective. Thanks, Marissa. I can't wait for what comes next.
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