My love for folk music has been an ever growing thing since my college days. I can’t entirely place my finger on exactly why, but I love discovering new (to me) artists putting out great music in the genre. And with a name like Ray LaMontagne how could he be anything but a folk artist, so I had to check Part of the Light out. It checks off everything I love about folk music – warm, rustic charm, emotional undertones, and free spiritness – but it’s not a by the books affair. He has clear influences from other genres and he incorporates those in interesting ways. Many folk records can feel a bit too one note at times, but not this one, he gives you everything from slow, country ballads, to the raucous and almost psych and metal-like, and his incredible vocals have no trouble playing to everything. Part of the Light is a fantastic listen and Ray LaMontagne has just been added to my radar of artists to always be on the look out for.
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Tell me what your heart wants Such a simple thing My heart is like paper Yours is like a flame
– “Such A Simple Thing”
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Many folk records can feel a bit too one note at times, but not this one, Ray LaMontagne gives you everything from slow, country ballads, to the raucous and almost psych and metal-like, and his incredible vocals have no trouble playing to everything.