Thirty Tigers

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield sings Elliott Smith

“a labour of love and reverence”
Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith, to be released on March 16​, 2015 (Ramseur Records​/Thirty Tigers​), is an overall truth between two friends and, as is true with any covers-based album of quality, comes from a place of true admiration.  The album, produced by Seth Avett and recorded over the last three years at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC as well as at Avett’s and Mayfield’s homes, covers twelve Elliott Smith songs;
1. Between the Bars
2. Baby Britain
3. Fond Farewell
4. Somebody That I Used to Know
5. Let’s Get Lost
6. Twilight
7. Ballad of Big Nothing
8. Angel in the Snow
10. Angeles
11. Roman Candle
12. Memory Lane

Both artists are currently known for their contributions to the indie folk rock landscape. The recordings are, in many cases, defined by bare instrumentation, driven by a simple yet bold vocal delivery, the depth of feeling complimenting that of the subject matter. This album is an obvious labour of love; a comment based on the genuine reverence which Avett and Mayfield clearly hold for Smith. At times, the songs feel light as a feather, while in others, thematically leaden with heartache, they are given a deep breath, a different dimension, a new colour. In modern fashion, melodies intensely whispered by Elliott Smith are sung in a harmonious way, akin to the folk aesthetic of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.




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