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Marisa Yeaman
Roadmap Heart
Deep Pearl Records
www.marisayeaman.com


Marisa Yeaman's latest release Roadmap Heart is like a long and winding road that transports listeners through the quaint vistas of seaside village streets to crossing paths with lazy country meadows, gently rolling hills, picturesque backwoods, and rustic daydreamy dales. Self-produced by Yeaman, Roadmap Heart offers songs with folksy cinders foddered by a grassroots flint. The feathery acoustics stitching through her songs recall Luka Bloom, and the prophetic language of her lyrics share a likeness to Lyle Lovett as they tunnel gracefully through the melodically-combed passages. Each song is another lesson that Yeaman has learned about life, all of which can be applied to many others' lives. Similar to the literary writer Mark Twain, Marisa Yeaman writes about a country lifestyle as she looks beneath the surface of human nature with the clarity and perception of a sage.

Like Twain's characters Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, several songs show the painful repercussions of being led by a naïve heart, while other songs make us remember that being vulnerable breathes life into those areas of us that stay guarded and dormant. Her song "Amsterdam Rain" reveals that the ribbons of love stay wrapped around one's heart long after a break up, "I walk these cobbled streets to the sound of my own feet and the ghosts of centuries past / Painting pictures in my mind's eye but your memory holds fast / There dancing in a corner bar to an old gypsy guitar, and there you come again / I'm drenched in paint and water / Love crosses all borders in the Amsterdam Rain." The soft country-folk sway of "Perfectly Flawed" has a bluesy feel in its calm trundle with a Chrissie Hynde voicing. The Asian strings dipping in and out "Mantra" broaden Yeaman's breadth of folk, while the smoky roots acoustics of "Desolate" are heavy in old west's embers making the ambling tempo like a cowboy's swagger.

There is something nomadic about Yeaman's songs like a soul searching for solid ground to settle on and willing to take risks into the unknown to find it. These are songs that embrace one's mood while traveling on the road or sitting still on the front porch or lounging along the banks of a lake. Yeaman's songs reflect a country lifestyle that is real and pulses with a desire for joy. Willowy and rustic, Roadmap Heart is a picture of life that opens its arms to what lies over the horizon and is willing to walk as far as the sky extends.

-Susan Frances

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