Single premiere: “Let it Shine” by Carly Taich

Photo courtesy of the musician

“Let it Shine,” the new single from local folk-pop artist Carly Taich, is lilting, enchanted and dreamy — but it’s also spooky. It’s a pretty song with a jagged bite.

The first single off of her forthcoming album, Reverie, “Let it Shine” was recorded with Taich’s five-piece band at Sedgwick Studios in the Green River Gorge. “A theme that can be found throughout Reverie is moving forward while giving a proper burial to the past,” the musician says. “My mission in life and art is to allow light to shine on dark contradictions. I felt that ‘Let It Shine’ embodied both of these ideas very well and would become a perfect introduction to the new record.”

The song starts gently enough, with Taich’s clear, sweeping vocal leaping over strings and controlled percussion. But the track builds: The slide guitar weeps, the violins keen and sing, the intensity mounts. It’s textural, moody and haunted by river water, deep shade, thickening dusk and the kind of creative vision that beats at the mind like a wild bird.

It’s an enticing taste of what is surely to come with the release of Reverie in its entirely.

Carly Taich performs at The Mothlight on Thursday, Aug. 10, 9 p.m., with Maddie Shuler and Livingdog. $5. On Friday, Sept. 8, Taich will release the music video release for WISE (When It’s So Easy).

Album Credits:
Recorded at Sedgwick Studios by Mike Johnson.
Additional engineering by Peter Brownlee.
Arranged and performed by Carly Taich (acoustic guitar/vocals), Alex Travers (violin) and Midnight Snack members: Mike Johnson (bass guitar/synth/piano/acoustic guitar), Jack Victor (percussion/vocals), and Zack Kardon (electric guitar/vocals).
Photo by Nathan Rivers Chesky.



Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.