Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful
At False Honey's recent release party, though, the mood was notable not for love's absence or sorrows, but for its excess and joys. Halfway through the show, someone yelled, "I love you, Misty!" from the packed, buoyant audience. Misty Lyn Bergeron reciprocated the sentiment with a modest but sincere smile. Before the final number of the set (not counting the encore to follow), bassist Jim Roll announced that during the song--a long one--the crowd could make out with each other. Everyone laughed, but seemed okay with continuing to direct their affection stageward.
The album, written by lead vocalist and guitarist Bergeron, has a burnished sound that still allows the talents of each band member to shine through. Ryan Gimpert's rich pedal steel melody swirls over and pours through the gorgeous "Simple One," which also features a fluctuating pace kept by drummer Matt Jones and soft backup harmonies by Carol Gray. Gray's fiddle and Jones' electric guitar take the lead on "Tell the Devil," which transitions from alt-country grit to folk sweetness and back again. Also worth mentioning is the opening track, "Capitol Song," with its moving balance of song and sound: Bergeron's poised vocals waltz with a steady guitar, while electronic ambience threatens to engulf the dance in dissonance, clanks, and static.