Sometimes you’re just in the mood for post-adolescent angsty music picked out on a simple acoustic guitar and upright piano. Bayard Russell might be your medicine; his engaging voice is a calm focus to a failed romance, a beacon to future relations, and a commiserating friend on the phone at 2 am. Mr. Russell sings in a warm, intimate style that avoids in-your-face anger or a passive aggressive demand you love him as a fan. “Living at My Mom’s” laments his lack of foresight in one failed relation, and “I Will Chase You” leads him into just such another learning experience. You may not learn much from Bayard yourself, but listening to him grope his way through life is a calming experience.
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