The ink of my year-end list hadn’t dried yet when I stumbled upon the first excellent album that I somehow missed when it came out two months ago. And shame on me, it’s from a well-known name. I was captivated when I heard Big Passenger pass by in a playlist, the standout track from Scott Hirsch’s new (third) solo LP Windless Day. Actually most of the record is pretty good. It’s late summer music – understated soulful folk – with a nicely balanced set of instruments (Hammond organ! Saxophone! Congas! Mellotron! Pedal steel!), and a very well produced sound. This one may be missing from my AOTY chart, but it’s definitely high on my wantlist right now. RIYL Steve Gunn, J.J. Cale, Natural Child.
Windless Day is out digitally, on CD and vinyl LP through Echo Magic. In addition to standard black vinyl, there’s also a limited edition iridescent pearlized purple vinyl version, which is totally on trend, because that is more or less Panone’s Color Of The Year 2022 – Very Peri – which was announced today.