Despite the sparse arrangements, Savino still manages to evoke the sonic imagery and pastoral landscapes that have often been hallmarks of Tall Tall Trees albums. Each of the eight songs that make up 'A Wave of Golden Things' suggest a world unto itself, from the cosmic country-tinged, "Ask Me Again," to the sprawling underwater lullaby "Deep Feels." Opting for an immersive experience over a traditional studio, Savino set up residence and a mobile recording rig on a hemp farm in the Appalachian mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina, where he now resides. Recorded in just under three weeks, with much of it arranged on the spot, the album maintains a sense of immediacy, celebrating raw performance over perfection. "I'm giving up on my expectations, let them go and see where it takes us," Savino sings on "Expectations," almost seeming to revel in this experimental process. Savino's voice, left unadorned, can be simultaneously gentle and strong, at times sage-like in delivery. On the album's closing title track "A Wave of Golden Things," his soft spoken meditations on mental health reflect a new maturity in his song craft and singing. As the song develops, Savino's voice gains confidence and his whisper becomes a fragile cry, neither full-throated nor fully secure, but at home in a warm bed of upright piano and echoing tape delay. "We all need a little peace and love right now," he sings as if he's at the end of his breath.
Recommended if you like: Sturgill Simpson, Grateful Dead, Tallest Man On Earth, Kishi Bashi, Paul Simon, Vampire Weekend.