For someone like me, trying to post new things that I like on a daily basis, the first three weeks of January are generally slim pickings. It takes a while for music to really pick up and get going after Christmas. So it's pleasing to come across stuff so early in 2022 that interests and excites me.
This is certainly one.Thanks For That, the debut album from New Orleans' Steph Green. It's woven from familiar materials. Built on vaguely jangly indie guitar, wan and slightly wistful, but this has enough regional nuance and individual character to maintain listening interest and actually intrigue even hardened listeners to this kind of thing.
Green keeps you at arm's length like the very best literary Southern Belles.. Reminding me at various moments of Hope Sandoval , Margo Timmins and the kind of female vocalists who David Lynch is drawn to. You might question whether Thanks For That, is actually an album at all , at only seven, rather short tracks. But many records are rather long for my liking anyhow. This one gets here, says what it needs to and gets out.