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LD Brown has been around for a minute. The Brooklyn acoustic guitarist/songwriter drew attention with his affiliation with the Cinematic Orchestra and his fantastic vocal work on Bonobo’s “First Fires.” Known for his mellow, eccentric, inspired picking, he opened the former and put out his first record, Of the Days, in 2011.
Recording under the name Grey Reverend, his stripped down style simmers in our summer of sangria and spf30. With a new record due out September 2nd and an EP coming out July 29th, it’s a great time for a single. And maybe a song that hits the summer time from a different angle.
One of the best tracks off the Everlasting EP, “Nightingale” somehow feels sentimental, tragic, and playful all at once. The opening lick is a beautiful guitar run, culminating in verses containing more questions than answers. “Is it worth it to you to be different and strange?” he asks. Rumor has it the song is a reflection of Elliott Smith, and the understated, stuttered strums conjure up some poetic alchemy with the probing lyrics. A real gem. If his sophomore release, A Hero’s Lie, contains more tracks like this, it’ll be a can’t miss of 2013.