by The Alchemist
Suzy Callahan is an American singer-songwriter from Bethesda, Maryland who writes intimate, modern folk songs. Her soundscape incorporates psychedelia, country and indie pop. Her wry lyrics are delivered with a thick and creamy, dulce de leche voice that sounds both classic and new.
Raised partly in Yorkshire, England, Callahan performed in pubs at age 16 doing mostly Linda Ronstadt covers. After moving back to the states she spent her formative years in roots-infused bar bands before meeting her husband and collaborator Scott Tyburski. Sharing a love for “minimalistic psychedelic folk” they formed Devils Wielding Scimitars, released 3 critically-acclaimed albums, then disbanded in 1997 to raise two children.
In 2005 they returned under Suzy’s moniker with a more economical, chamber pop approach. Their debut landed on Eric Lawrence’s “best of 2005 KCRW” playlist. NPR described their 2nd album as “thick and atmospheric” with “rich and sensual songs” and recent tracks appeared on TLC’s Breaking Amish.
Her latest album Not Exactly Sad can be conceived as an awakening following the loss of her mother, and the grieving that takes you back from the edge of the universe. Mixed by Floyd Reitsma whose credits include Courtney Marie Andrews, it trades auto-tuned perfection for chemistry that can only come from decades of intimate collaboration. The result is 9 organically crafted songs, often sparse and stripped back, but full of soaring melody and heartfelt emotion.
Her newest track is called, “My Mind” and it is incredible! It has a relaxing feel, yet it also has an inspiring undertone. It has some very creative elements, and an amazing guitar solo towards the end. Check it out below!
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Queer duo Witch Weather discuss new album and the influence of the DMV on their sound.
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