Grey Fields – “Palm Trees”


Vesna is the impressive sophomore album from Grey Fields, the Chicago-based project that first caught my ear in 2017, with the track “Nothing Needs to Be Right.” That track’s evolution from ghostly folk into a rock-forward bounce consumed, and now Vesna shows further evolution from Grey Fields. The songwriting reflects a mix of “classical and rock,” while Grey Fields also enlisted Yoed Nir (Regina Spektor, Rufus Wainwright) to play cello.

Among the album’s numerous highlights is “Palm Trees,” which casts a hypnotic glow with its initial wandering vocals and reflective acoustics. Yoed Nir’s cello work incorporates quickly and with beautiful results, especially as the vocals ascend emotively rounding the one-minute mark. Grey Fields’ mellow yet emotive vocal presence meshes with beautiful guitar and cello convergence throughout, providing a taste of the stellar songwriting throughout Vesna.

Stream Vesna on your platform of choice, here.

“Palm Trees” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of June 2021’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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