Erisy Watt – “Never Know” (track review)
Raised in Nashville and currently based in Portland, Oregon, Erisy Watt is a singer-songwriter whose music tends to reflect her multifarious roots. All at once seeped in the aromas of Oregon petrichor and Nashville wind, Watt’s “Never Know” is a wistful folk number that also takes a jazzy page out of music history to deliver a warm, heartful performance. Ushered in by gorgeous guitar tones and twinkling piano flourishes, the song persists between Watt’s own rich, honeyed vocals and a subtly driving percussion. It’s a song of adventure and self-reflection, smattered in the pitter-patter of sweet autumn rains.
It’s no wonder that the artist is consistently referred to as the next-in-line to the likes of Joni Mitchell and Norah Jones—she maintains the jazz-centric undertones of the latter alongside the straight-shooting, poignant storytelling of the former. Her music is an exercise in what contemporary folk today sounds like at its peak.
“Never Know” is the first single from off of Watt’s forthcoming debut LP and is out now. You can visit her official website as a hub for more information on where you might be able to purchase the tune.
Words by: Jonathan Frahm (@jfrahm_)