A native Vermonter, Andrea Tomasi grew up attending singing camps in the Green Mountains and writing sparse, elegant songs. A singer all her life, Tomasi picked up the guitar as a teenager and immersed herself in traditions ranging from Appalachian tunes to Irish ballads to unaccompanied shape-note harmony. Her background of diverse vocal styles, as well as her work in a cappella groups throughout college, gives her a precise sense of bittersweet harmony. Tomasi’s songwriting echoes contemporary troubadours like Anaïs Mitchell and Joanna Newsome, with sinuous melodies layered over deceptively simple riffs and rhythms. Pablo Neruda’s poetry became a source of inspiration for Tomasi early on, and the album resounds with his influence. Bracketed by her beautiful and introspective guitar work, Tomasi’s songs move between their roots in the natural world and the interior landscape they illuminate. The kiss of a honeybee’s wing or a falcon’s feather unfolds into a meditation on the cyclical nature of time. In Tomasi’s lyrics, diamonds reflect as brilliant as death, hurricanes spin into dreams, hands are as smooth as seashells, and the fields of a human life can lay fallow. Few songwriters are so adept at melding a natural landscape into a human perspective.
Moving Andrea Tomasi’s music from an urban recording studio into the dense natural landscape of New England was an inspired move. Nestled into the sounds of nature, her songs seem filled with fresh air and clear, running water. Tomasi’s stark, meditative songs have found a home in the mountains.