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William Elliott Whitmore – Field Songs review

William Elliott Whitmore dignifies his seventh full-length ablum, Field Songs.

This 33 year-old is an old soul. With deep vocals taking a lead role, Whitmore proves a love of folk music can be revived; along with the banjo. It is actually quite admirable to listen to Whitmore’s music because you feel like you are directly playing a part in history.

Field Songs has a certain “aura” to it. Maybe it’s the old-fashioned tone that gets you feeling as if you have to like it just because it’s part of our parent’s generation. Maybe, it’s that particular refinement and distinction you don’t often hear. Whatever the case, when Whitmore sings, he demands attention. His grace shines through and you can’t help but feel with this album that 50 years ago, you could easily be hearing this on a radio—a rarity that most people enjoyed.

No stranger to protests and freedom of speech, Whitmore’s music sounds as if it were needed to be played for a cause.

In fact, in many of the tracks off the album, especially “Don’t Need It”, Whitmore puts hard labour on a pedestal. And, why shouldn’t he? The worst thing, according to him, is to lean on a crutch—or eventually become lazy. Sounds interesting doesn’t it? We are part of a time where we feel completely and utterly useless without our technology.

“We’re just here for a little while” (from “Everything Gets Gone”) hits you and leaves you wondering about life and death—a topic that can have your mind reeling for days.

With a banjo, soulful vocals and hard-hitting lyrics, Whitmore takes you back to the basics. Though, that doesn’t necessarily mean there are no deep and meaningful life lessons. With each song, this gifted artist sings about his pain and his joy—and you believe him.

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