Jamie Holmes - From the Boots
Jamie Holmes has a rustic Americana spirit that runs through the western twang of “From the Boots”. Rhythms here go for a pastoral beauty to them for every gesture has a carefully considered quality to them. His voice has a tremendous earnestness behind it from which all else flows. Beyond the clear roots in country, he brings elements of ambient, spaghetti westerns, and the blues into a singular cohesive whole. Lyrics here serve as the focal point of the entire track as there is a great kindness to them, one that reveals a contemplative spirit.
A lovely hue introduces the piece. The guitar starts things off on a soulful note, as the work has an understated gorgeousness to it, always maintaining a certain Zen-like presence. Beyond the singer himself, the guitar work has a stellar quality to it, picking up with such subtle movements that reverberate. Everything here works as the guitar gestures feel absolutely fantastic. Never drawing too much attention, there is an insistent, consistent cadence to the way the guitar sings. While electric, he keeps things wonderfully restrained. Little details matter and in fact sort of come into focus in a way that becomes truly beguiling to witness. On the final stretch of the piece, he strips the sound down to its very essence, as the communal spirit of the track becomes readily apparent.
“From the Boots” revels in the best that country rock has to offer, proving Jamie Holmes to be a storyteller of exceptional calibre.