Joan Shelley’s new set of intimate, spellbinding folk songs Over And Even is so good that she’s already made it into our best songs of the week column twice — first, for the idyllic effervescence of “Stay On My Shore,” then a few weeks later with the album’s subtly cosmic title track. Shelley is accompanied on the project by the mind-boggling guitar craftsmanship of Nathan Salsburg and occasionally joined by Will Oldham on harmonies. Salsburg’s frequent guitar duet partner James Elkington also shows up on a few of these tracks, playing steel guitar, Rhodes, and organ. But like I’ve written what feels like a million times before, it’s Shelley’s voice that eclipses all else. Paired with the elegant, spare guitar lines and minimal piano and organ, her vocals and wise, precise lyrics rise to the surface. No matter how many times you listen, you’ll find some new detail to marvel over. Get started below.
Over And Even is out 9/4 via No Quarter. Pre-order it here.