I know fans of Sarah Harmer are already excited about her sit down, theatre show @ The Cohn tonight (with special guest and herohill fav, Julie Fader adding vocal and maybe flute support). People might not be as familiar with the opening act as they are with “Ms. Put Me On Your Record and Get a Polaris nomination”, but Joey Wright is an artist that deserves his share of the spotlight.
Wright is a musician’s musician. I know that sounds cliche, but when talent like Sarah Harmer, members of Stars and Joe Phillips appear on your record, willing to hover in the background just so new listeners will get hear Wright’s songs, the sentiment rings true. Hatch still holds true to his bluegrass roots (just listen to his mandolin dance on “Big Baby” or the knock you on your ass beauty of the all too brief “Lost in a Dream”) but the LP floats naturally into beautiful dreamscapes and psychedelic pop (“Expectations are the killer”). For thirty minutes, Wright lets you escape with hints of jazz (“Lost in a dream”), autumn saunters (“The Atmosphere”), and melodies that retreat from the hustle and chaos of city life.