Eddy Mann – “The Humble Cottage by the Sea”

Philadelphia-based artist Eddy Mann opens his newest album with the alluring “The Humble Cottage by the Sea,” a testament to Mann’s knack for melodic amiability and consuming lyricism. The titular setting references the biblical Peter’s house, reflective of Mann’s Christian music origins, and ability to infuse biblical accounts with approachable, fun instrumentation — here reminding of Paul Simon. A consistently quality knack for songwriting shows throughout the artist’s 20+ albums.

The “humble cottage,” refrain stirs amidst the playful piano and wordless vocal effect, building with a rhythmic charm. The humble adobe references God’s tendency to more often appear “in little huts rather than rich homes,” just as he did with Peter’s “poor fisherman’s hut of sorts.” “The Humble Cottage by the Sea” resonates in its overall ethos — representing love and service unto others over wealth — and overall melodic production.

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We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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