Small Believer (Fluff and Gravy Records)
Anna Tivel may remind some of Kathleen Edwards vocally—in particular on the chorus of Illinois—with simultaneously whispy and strong vocals. Small Believer, Tivel’s fourth album, tells stories about people who are down and out, perhaps people one wouldn’t even notice as they walk through town, yet every note and word resonates and hits home.
The poignancy of the stories, both delicate and gritty, come through her poetic, honest lyrics laid over dreamy and expansive instrumentation.
These songs beg a second, and a third, listen to get all the details in the hidden corners of the snapshots each one creates. Austin Nevins (Josh Ritter, Della Mae), who produced the album, was instrumental in creating the instrumentation that lets the story come through.
Melancholy and sadness reverberate through this album but they give way to hints of hope seeping into the stories of the latter half of the album. This album will stay in your heart long after it stops playing.