Four albums into her solo career, Suzannah Espie continues to mine the soulful and personal side of folk and country music. That she does so with such honesty and directness whilst still blending subtlety and beautiful melodies reinforces her standing as one of this country’s finest singer/songwriters.
Espie has tackled the subject of motherhood on her new album and it’s a sumptuous and ornate affair that isn’t afraid to venture into the dark, fear-wracked corners of the maternal experience. The country soul sound of her music perfectly channels the emotion in her songs with great weight and sensitivity from traditional country to fragile folk. The standout of many highlights is the blues gospel feel of ‘I’m Sorry’ featuring a 13 piece choir that includes some of Melbourne’s finest female singer/songwriters. Elsewhere the pastoral folk of opener ‘What Would You Say’, the wistful drift of ‘I Wish I Had A Sister’ (reminiscent of Tindersticks), the lonesome and sad solo piano of ‘The Next Room’ and the authentic country swing of the title track all ring true and hit emotional high points.
Espie’s latest is an honest, heart-wrenching and life-affirming affair that shines a light on the darker side of family affairs.