As Lomelda, rural Texas singer-songwriter Hannah Read writes tunes about loneliness and longing, or about the great risks we take and sacrifices we make for the reward of potential companionship. On 2017’s Thx—an outstanding ten-track odyssey of chamber folk, somehow lush and understated at once—Read offers elliptical glimpses of extended drives down empty highways, where the trees have burned to snags, where meteors are the only thing that light the night sky, where the moon hovers like a threat during the daytime. A brilliant singer, Read delivers these images in a perfect tone that rises just above a whisper, adding an intimacy to everything she sings, as if she’s allowing you to hear the thoughts she typically shares only with herself. A little like the works of the late Elliott Smith or the early records of Iron & Wine, Lomelda creates a singular world from the things Read has seen, then invites you in for a spell, allowing for a little solidarity in this state of perennial loneliness.
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