A beautiful folk track with evolving textural expansion, “The In-Betweens” is the latest from Colin Woltmann. The vocals present a relatable, intimate portrayal of day-to-day perseverance and feeling a sense of being lost: “Doing my best trying not to overthink all of the tomorrows, and all the yesterdays, and the ones in between.” The steady acoustic trickles are complemented by an organ-friendly effervescence in the second half, with additional guitar flutters around 01:30 adding to the gorgeously subdued arsenal.
The Elkmont, Alabama-based artist caught our ears recently with his other project, Lake Nakoma, and Woltmann’s solo work contains a similar amount of emotive depth and melodic satiation. The initial vocal lushness touts a chilling reminiscence to Elliott Smith, while the second-half backing additions further the captivating emotion on display. “The In-Betweens” is a fantastic output from Woltmann, whose next release we’re firmly anticipating.
“I have felt stuck in a weird place most of my life and like I never really fit in anywhere,” Woltmann explains. “This song reflects that feeling of being lost in the “in-between”, neither here nor there. I think the state of the world and this time of year in particular can really amplify those feelings for a lot of people.”
This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2023’ Spotify playlist.
The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Folk.
We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.