Upon first listen, you might be tempted to label Colorado resident Beth Amsels music as folk-pop in the style of Dar Williams. You wouldnt be wrong, but Amsel also has a depth that will surprise you.
The Reverie marks Amsels first solo record since her stint as a member of Voices on the Verge along with fellow songstresses Erin McKeown, Rose Polenzani and Jess Klein. The record takes listeners on a journey through many different musical styles. Michigan is the poppiest number, bemoaning the trials of long-distance love. On End of July Amsel sings of loving someone, bones and all. Dreamy harmonies and tambourine join multiple guitars, giving the tune a 60s pop flavor, á la the Byrds. Come Up has the feel of a 30s swing tune. I think its alright if youve got the time, Amsel sings invitingly over the expert guitar work of producer pal Dave Chalfant. Theres even a cover of Duran Durans The Chauffeur. Well done in all, and well worth checking out.