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Jaye Bartell, Light Enough (Sinderlyn Records)
CD reviews: April 21, 2016

04/21/16



 Let me be the first (hopefully) to coin the phrase “gloomacana” to describe albums like this one from Bartell, a Massachusetts native now based in Asheville, N.C. Unplugged folkie guitar, half-there keyboards, occasional female harmonies (from someone, it’s not quite clear whom exactly) and his own regular-joe deadpan baritone serve as a delivery system for these poems, most of which center on personal moments frozen in time, such as being rooted to the grass upon his mother’s returning home from the hospital — he knows he’s supposed to be beside her, but the dog needs walking. Other tangents include the title track, which examines personal weightlessness during maturity, comparing it to a forgotten blue balloon and the gravity-defying days of childhood. Unlike many poets who couldn’t string a melody together to save their own necks, Bartell does find a way to marry off his poetry to musical passages that don’t sound forced. He’ll be at Great Scott in Allston, Mass., on June 19. A- 






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