By Ciara Bains
Logan Ledger indulges in wistful, California-dreaming countrypolitan
1. Golden State
2. There Goes My Mind
3. Till It Feels Right
4. All the Wine in California
5. Midnight in L.A.
6. Some Misty Morning (featuring Erin Rae)
7. Court of Love
8. I’m Not Here
10. Where Will I Go
A step away from the country noir of his debut – though still occasionally echoing the same brooding energy – Logan Ledger indulges in wistful, California-dreaming countrypolitan on Golden State.
The 10 songs on this set traverse 60s pop, R&B and Laurel Canyon-reminiscent cosmic country with unique and decided flair. Ledger’s baritone evokes the croons of Glen Campbell or Roy Orbison, as it winds its way through topics of lost love, existential weariness and finding one’s place. Though his lyrics may often be simple in their statement, they’re delivered with a welcome, unpretentious poeticism.
Some moments drift into a slight sense of lethargy, but overall, Golden State - in particular standouts like ‘All the Wine in California’ and ‘Obviously’ - captures Ledger at his sharpest, sheened only further by the trusty production of Shooter Jennings.
Golden State is out now via Rounder Records. For more on Logan Ledger, see below: