Michelle - Good Game
Michelle brings back the best of that 90s alternative rock spirit on the powerful “Good Game”. Her voice contains multitudes while it incorporates so much emotion into the fray. Lyrics are pure poetry sung with a soothing tenor. The rest of the group works wonders to support the true clear-eyed focus of her storytelling. Every element reverberates out into the vast space for hers is a stately genteel approach. Rhythms have a pastoral blissfulness to them. Sonically the whole of the piece features a great brightness, one that recalls wide-open spaces. Little details here make a big difference from the pluck of the acoustic guitar to the way her voice gradually grows over the course of the journey.
Full of an airiness there is a joyousness to the piece. Harmonica work has a playfulness to it, one that touches upon a sound that is a bit older, more classic rock in cadence. Thanks in part to the clever instrumentation the entirety of the piece just blooms from that initial impulse. Word choice matters a great deal for there is a reassuring quality behind it, one that slowly nudges the sound forward. Little pieces of the textures matter for they come into focus in a way that has a kindness to it. Over the course of the experience there is a playfulness to it, one where the layers bounce on each other.
“Good Game” revels in Michelle’s uncanny ability to capture an entire mood and does so in a way that is stunning.