TKR 006 – Silver Sonya

Meredith Bragg

Silver Sonya

1. My Absent Will 2. Twin Arrows 3. Turns Out You Won 4. Plinian 5. Ballad of an Opportunist 6. March 7. Rejoice 8. Limbless Sculpture 9. At Least We’re in This Together 10. New York 11. Alhacen

Stereogum – In the past, Washintgon D.C. troubadour Meredith Bragg’s voice has drawn comparisons to Ben Gibbard, or Elliott Smith. And this new solo record makes good on ’em (see “New York” for your Gibbard fix, the fragility of “Ballad Of An Opportunist” for Elliott), but it’s an unchecked name that gets channeled and filtered on album opening track “My Absent Will.” And though it’s a disservice to Bragg’s ultimately singular, fragile guitar-and-voiced record to simply play name the influence, Sufjan’s all over this thing, from the bah-da-dums to the gently strummed tune’s breathy tenor.

All Music – 4 stars – Every track glistens with mystery thanks to the low-key production and Bragg’s incomparable singing making this unusual album a pure delight.

NPR – With the album’s stunning array of tones, it’s hard to believe that guitar and vocals were the only things recorded. His songs are filled with minor key hooks. Warped and restructured acoustic guitar seems to mimic synths, horns, and even percussive sounds. Meredith’s intimate vocals on “Ballad of an Opportunist” sing over light guitar picking reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel-style folk. On the track “March”, droning ambient noise produces a dark, cavernous feel.