The Upshot: West Virginia songwriter offers stripped down and hauntingly beautiful set of folk/alt country songs.
BY JOHN B. MOORE
Long before auto-tune, vocal dubbing and a slew of other recording studio tricks, bands actually just set up a mic or two in a room and recorded their songs live. Imagine that.
Haley Slagle, a fixture on the Morgantown, WV music scene for years, recorded Liar’s Best Friend by setting up inside a friend’s house and knocked out nine songs – with the musicians sitting around in a circle – in just two sessions. The result is a stripped down and hauntingly beautiful set of folk/alt country songs that sound timeless in their execution.
Over the years, Slagle has shared the stage with folks like Lucero, Jason Isbell and Lydia Loveless and you can hear the influence of her contemporaries, as well as folks like Patsy Cline and Kris Kristofferson, in the songs here. Stripped of flashiness and unnecessary flourishes, the vocals and lyrics take the spotlight.
DOWNLOAD: “Ghosts Don’t Care,” “Whisky” and “Wishes and Stars”