Although born in Australia, Moody was reared in Manitoba and the soul of the Canadian prairies inhabits the music she makes as part of female folk harmony trio The Wailin’ Jennys. No surprise then to hear it too on her debut solo album and its rootsy, sometimes bluegrass flecked songs of loving, losing and leaving.
As you’d expect fellow Jennys Heather Masse and Nicky Mehta also put in an appearance, joining her in harmony for the album’s last track, the simple trad-folk flavoured Closer Now, but while the album’s focus is Moody’s light, pure soprano (not to forget her banjo, uke, accordion and piano) there’s plenty of other guests lending a hand.
Bluegrass outfit Crooked Still are the backing band on the title track opener, Oh Susanna provides backing vocals on the steady rhythm, slow building country coloured Travellin’ Shoes on which Luke Doucet plays pedal steel and electric guitar, putting in a second appearance for the soulful guitar solo on We Could Pretend.
Reflecting prairie seasons, the moods swing from the summery fiddle blown breezes of Nest and the balmy autumnal evening feel of melancholic piano ballad Never Said Goodbye to the appropriately chillier atmospheres of Colder Now’s seductive invitation and Winter Waltz.
‘Come and find me in the garden’, she sings. It’ll be easy, she’s the prize bloom.
– Mike Davies