Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful
Bergeron has a warm and persuasive voice, reminiscent of Gillian Welch, but with duskier tones and the occasional pop inflection. Her vocals are at times welcoming, at times commanding, but always direct, and in a way that her lyrics are not. To say that many of the songs on False Honey express a heaviness of heart fails to capture the album's degrees of feeling, and the oblique way Bergeron articulates these emotions. In "Fading," for example, she sings about "The yellowing hours / Blazing through my bed / And the way your face was bending / Toward the ending when I said / I feel myself fading."
Live performance outs weak and less adroit singers, but not Misty Lyn. During the live show, there was a moment in "Tell the Devil" when the thunderous guitar and fiddle withdrew, leaving a vast space for Bergeron and her acoustic guitar to fill. Strong and cool, her voice sounded as if it had flown over a chasm to reach us. Its fearless loft gave me shivers.
Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful are at the Blind Pig on Friday, Sept. 13.
[Originally published in September, 2013.]