Monday, April 8, 2013

REVIEW: Bethesda - The Reunion

Bethesda, an Akron, OH based group, is playing folk-rock - some leaning more acoustic, some featuring jangly electric guitar - but all of it featuring the soaring voice of lead singer Shanna Delaney. Their new album is The Reunion - and it's out tomorrow (April 9). I was not familiar with them before hearing this record, so perhaps the effect on me of their full-formed take on Americana was even stronger. That said, I must say that Delaney's voice stands out, even among some of the talented chanteuses in the genre.

Here's a video for "Go", one of the more country-leaning cuts on the album:

 And a free download of single "Rotted Pines" is available at this link. or you can stream it (and the rest of the album) at their Soundcloud page - at this link. They're strong on the acoustic stuff - this is strongly recommended for fans of WYMA favorites like First Aid Kit and Sharon Van Etten (with both of whom they've shared a stage). I'd also draw a parallel to another of our blog's 2012 featured artists, The Decemberists.

  Bethesda Website

  Bethesda on Facebook

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