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Petaluma Records

Released: 04.12.20






Becky Stark returns after eight years away from the industry with a sharp set of positive vibes. Accompanied by pianist Steve Gregoropoulos and drummer Ron Regé Jr, this release combines her melodic folky vocals over the chamber arrangements from Gregoropoulos. The palette is enriched with jazz-like tones on tracks like In The Garden but the focus is clear: we may be in dark times now but there is a path to something better.

Lyrically, influences have infused into the project by raising a young child and being concerned about the environment, which has put Stark in a reflective, yet assuredly upbeat mode. The resultant collection is one to absorb in a peaceful room. This is not music to waste whilst doing the housework.



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