Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield

Album Title: Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliot Smith
Record Label: Ramseur Records
Review by John Noyd
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Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield - Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliot SmithSeth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield - Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliot Smith

Over the course of three and a half years, frequent tour-mates, Avett and Mayfield assembled a loving tribute to their favorite starry-eyed songwriter, Elliot Smith. Choosing a dozen gems from a breath-taking body of sensitive memories turned wistful epistles, the soothing duo’s unhurried approach enrich Smith’s poetic pop. Ranging from sad and bashful to upbeat and bittersweet, “Sing,” balances scrappy happiness and beautiful resignation in cozy chamber-folk strings and simple understated guitar. Smith’s blissful melancholy profits from gorgeous voices fleshing out his sad introverted searches with earnest, intertwining harmonies connecting tender reflections to literate sympathies as the pair’s subtle touches reinforce each song’s fragile intimacy, majestic modesty and melodic honesty. Catch Seth and Jessica when they hit the road, visiting Chicago’s Athenaeum Theater March 20th.

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