Fade into You is an unabashedly grandiose song. Laden with soulful organ, thudding kicks and a simple but stirring piano chord progression one would not be surprised to hear Moby write a similar song. In other hands it could sound clumsy but Buffetlibre manages to exercise an appropriate level of restraint where others might cheapen a good song with gospel choirs, key changes and soaring crescendos. Micah P Hinson’s gravelly voice grounds the song and gives it a human warmth and though his voice may crackle or fade wearily into the mix it serves to remind us that there is man singing this song and that the words nor its heartfelt message did not just appear.
Afterwards we have ‘Retina Television‘ by Marika Hackman. I’m an absolute sucker for this sort of ‘dead of night’ track, lyrically it is so intriguing, it pulls you into her mysterious world at 4 in the morning. It reminds me of ‘come wander with me’ by Jeff Alexander because you unknowingly drift into a different mood, time and space. It is much more enigmatic than a lot of modern tracks going under the folk moniker, Marika demands you to follow her narrative, she will not show you all the cards at once and tell you what to feel. You’re patience is rewarded as she weaves a somber, dark but ultimately mysterious tapestry which is undoubtedly more interesting than a folk song which is telling you that you should be crying by the end of the first line. Marika shows the capacity of folk to haunt the listener and for that I thank her….which seems odd. I also attached a video of her performance in a tunnel in the north east which is also superb