As much as I prefer my summer jams to be rowdy and synthesizer drenched, it's nice to kind of kick back and unwind to something a bit more cerebral and lush. Cue Valerie June and her track, "Twined and Twisted" which leisurely strolls on in calm, cool and poetically collected, sounding like Fleetwood Mac at their most "Landslide"-y, but still packing in lots of soul and pride for her Tennessee upbringing that it's hard to dislike this quiet acoustic rumination. June and her unique high-pitched twang first came to my attention when she made an appearance on Meshell Ndegeocello's wonderful Nina Simone tribute album last year on the cover of "Be My Husband." Currently, she's in the midst of re-releasing her debut album, Pushin' Against A Stone (August 13th), for the UK and European crowds, with "Twined and Twisted" joining other singles, "Workin' Woman Blues" and "You Can't Be Told" as strong contributions. I will say that Valerie June and her bluegrass-folk offerings are for the most acquired music palates, but if you find yourself a little bit country as I do myself at times, then this rising singer-guitarist might be the cup of tea you need to sip and savor.
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