There’s a deeply nostalgic quality to Laura Jean Anderson’s voice. It’s cozy and warm with just a little bit of rasp: reminiscent of a smoking candle. The Washington-based singer-songwriter was raised strictly Mormon and studied classical music at CalArts. She turned away from these highly structured and codified systems after a backpacking trip in Peru. Due to a stolen bag, Anderson ended up busking her way back home. She credits the trip for bringing her back to her roots and encouraging her to make more approachable music. There’s something here for everyone: golden era style crooning, easy listening, dark heartbreak anthems, and gritty rock. Combine that with poignant and universal lyrics and this album is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with something everyone can relate to.
Release date: October 12th, 2018
Similar artist(s): Jamie Drake, The Wild Reeds, Madison Cunningham
Top tracks: Lonesome No More, Call It What It Is, Take It Back Now