Lindi Ortega’s lush, sensual voice drifts off her fourth full-length album Faded Gloryville like smoke leaves a fire, and fills the room. Lyrically enchanting, her words dance like flames in my head. And as the yearning, dejected lover in Ashes; when the music stops, I am left smoldering and longing for more.
The Canadian import, with the demure sex appeal reminiscent of an Elvgren Pin-up, has garnered critical acclaim in Nashville, and it’s easy to hear why. In addition to the influences of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and Loretta Lynn that we’ve heard on her previous releases, comes the soulful Otis Redding and Sam Cooke tinged Muscle Shoals sound on her new album. Faded Gloryville strikes me as more intimate and vulnerable than the previous releases as well.
The title track, “Faded Gloryville,” inspired by the Jeff Bridges film Crazy Heart and produced by Colin Linden, tells the story of a town of disillusioned dreamers. Other highlights include a playful cover of the Bee Gees “To Love Somebody” and the sexy, sauntering, “When You Ain’t Home,” both Muscle Shoals influenced. Rounding out the album, are three high energy songs from her sessions with Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and A Thousand Horses), including the relatable, “I Ain’t the Girl,” for those feeling mismatched in love and “Rundown Neighborhood” and “Run A Muck.”
Faded Gloryville delights in melancholy, slipping amongst the shadows, and gleefully emerges aching, with hope, like a flame, glistening in the dark. Cuddle up in your warmest cozy spot, in the arms of your favorite person, or pull up a barstool, and find out why Cigarettes & Truckstops (Colin Linden) received a 2012 Polaris Prize nomination, why she garnered a 2013 Juno Award Nomination for Tin Star (Cobb), and is destined for more of the same with her latest release.
Release date: August 7, 2015
Label: The Grand Tour/Last Gang
Songs / Writing Credits:
1. Ashes – Lindi Ortega / James Robertson
2. Faded Gloryville – Lindi Ortega
3 .Tell It Like It Is – Lindi Ortega
4. Someday Soon – Lindi Ortega / John Paul White
5. To Love Somebody – Bee Gees Cover
6. When You Ain’t Home – Lindi Ortega / Brice Long
7. Run Down Neighborhood – Lindi Ortega / Bruce Wallace
8. I Aint The Girl – Lindi Ortega
9. Run Amuck – Lindi Ortega / Tofer Brown
10. Half Moon – Lindi Ortega / Trent Dabbs / Dan Brigham
Faded Gloryville can be purchased at iTunes.