Beau C. Diamond is an artist from Bristol and recently released Summer Left In Us. Earlier this year I reviewed his release Compass. I mentioned artists like Nick Drake or Damien Jurado. As I was listening to Summer Left In Us I thought the legendary folk artist Donovan should be mentioned.
The songs are sweet, warm, tender, reflective and heartfelt. This is somewhat the default for most singer/songwriters but there are of course degrees of separation and usually it’s subtle which is the case here.
Up first is “Place To Be” which contains some very beautiful guitar patterns. There are multiple guitars and it might just be the double tracking but it feels like there is a slight delay effect. Diamond’s vocals feel stoic and the comparisons to Nick Drake are in the inflection and delivery. It’s a great song and instills you with a sense of stillness. The song sounds like a plea. Our lives go through stages of chaos and order, and light and darkness. This song to me at least was asking for the light to shine as long as possible.
“Summer Left In Us” is another good song. It’s a little darker and the lyrics felt like prime Donovan. The guitar picking is delicate and nuanced and his vocals stay within a comfortable range. He seems to be a natural baritone.
“Little Rain” felt more melancholy, from the lyrics to the delivery. There is some notable slide guitar and I found the song has some very infectious melodies despite the more somber vibe. Last up is the more hopeful but also reflective “(Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)” which brings with it a sense of salvation. That salvation feels like it in the imagination.
I loved all these songs because of how emotionally resonant they were. This is just raw talent on display. Recommended.
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