Friday, February 3, 2012

Bro. Stephen - Baptist Girls (2012)

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In this age of instant gratification, it's often easy to forgot that a good record takes time to make. No more is this true than in Bro. Stephen's debut album Baptist Girls whom I discovered via We Listen For You. The brainchild of Scott Kirkpatrick, Bro. Stephen's Baptist Girls is a record about 3 years in the making.

Recorded in an old barn on someone's grandfather's farm somewhere in Indiana, the sounds of creaking wood and other space-related sounds give the record an intimacy much like Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago. And yet there's much more to Baptist Girls than barn music. Kirkpatrick offers up a devastatingly gorgeous array of harmony rich tunes that's heart-warming in it's intimacy. A charming closeness and sincerity that's often found in a remarkable few. Kirkpatrick proves a talented songwriter, not necessarily for his lyricism (which deserves come credit as well) but in his ability to craft beautiful moments that set your heart aflutter and raise goosebumps. Baptist Girls is an album lovingly stitched together with moving moments and beguiling sentimentality; one of those rare albums where hearing a single track suddenly turns into repeat listens to the album as a whole.

Bro. Stephen's Baptist Girls while a modest debut, certainly gives more established singer-songwriters a run for their money. Baptists Girls is much more than bare, soul-barring, it's an album full of lush harmonies and overwhelming earnesty - a real treat whose sole issue is that it's over much too soon.

Listen to Bro. Stephen's debut on Bandcamp or Spotify and if you like it, make sure to grab it and support good music.

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