There’s a really beautiful lyrical dance and flow to the cadence of Sacramento songwriter Tré Burt on this new single ‘Sweet Misery’. Melodic and wistful, the song drifts and sways courtesy of piano, some fine acoustic guitar playing , harmonica and shuffling drums. There’s a Dylanesque quality to the track and it also reminds me a bit of Ryan Bingham in terms of the grit and grain of Burt’s voice.
Of the new single, Burt says “To me, the chords sound melancholic but also has this really sweet and playful quality about it but also like that innocence is being hounded by some utterly miserable force of nature. When I was writing this song, I already knew what the chords would say if they could talk, so the lyrics reflect that. Sometimes songs can feel like it’s something hung up in a museum, meant to be observed behind a velvet rope from 10 feet away. My songs are as much yours as they are mine. I wanted to try and show that.”
Burt is signed to Oh Boy Records, the label started by John Prine in 1981, and will release his sophomore album You, Yeah, You, produced by Brad Cook, on August 27th. Locally it’ll be available via Cooking Vinyl Australia.