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Rosi Golan didn't so much choose to be a songwriter as much as it took her over. In many ways, Golan's songwriting can most closely be likened to a storm, or a weather system that has come and stayed for the last decade of her life. In the years since this weather system has entered her life, it's changed significantly - gaining elements and force as it travels across the topography of her emotional life. This weather system has reached its most lovely expression on Golan's sophomore album, Lead Balloon, the culmination of two years, organized around the pain and joy contained within that space.
Golan has worked to refine and calibrate her sound, collecting new elements and shaping it in the places she finds herself. The Drifter & The Gypsy, Golan's first album, generated several songs that were prominently featured on numerous television shows (including One Tree Hill and Private Practice) and in film (Dear John). Golan embarked on a series of tours on the strength of Drifter that sent the Israeli-born Golan traipsing the globe. Lead Balloon was written on breaks from tours over the past two years, Golan can hear the spaces the songs took shape in - there is the bone-damp of London, the constant buzz of Brooklyn, the arid wind of Los Angeles. Building on the success of the friendships that lead to her well-received debut, Golan continued working with many of the songwriters she co-wrote that album with.
With no strict structure to the sound of the album, Golan was freed to interpret each song as it came to her, rather than concerning herself as to whether it kept to an overall sound. As a result, the album moves fluidly between genres, containing songs steeped in Americana, clever pop currents running throughout, and thoughtful folk.
There are plenty of rebellion songs that deal with with the heartache that is growing up...but "Wings Are Useless," the first single from Virginia teenager Cassidy Ford handles the subject in a way few, if any, have. At 15, Cassidy has written a song so thoughtful it is sure to be a comfort anyone who needs to know that the pain of getting older is universal and, most importantly, can be overcome. Wings Are Useless is just one of ten beautiful songs on Cassidy's first album due out this summer. This wise-well-beyond-her years singer-songwriter has captured a balance between despair and hope and committed that emotion to an album that only begins to scratch the surface of what will be a long and incredible career.
Her producer Todd Wright says "I had written a handful of songs that I felt defined my life's body of work and then along comes this kid who lives around the corner from me and changes everything. So many of the songs I've written with Cassidy I would say are the best I've been a part of in 25 years of writing songs. And 'Wings Are Useless'...well, it's just an indescribable and important piece of music and the perfect way to introduce Cassidy to the world."
An ironic title for a young new artist who's limit is surely the sky.
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