Today’s Free Download – Mindy Smith

3726631_mindy_200.jpgOK, it’s a MySpace stream, not a free download. But “Out Loud” is a strong advance track from Mindy Smith’s upcoming “Long Island Shores” CD, a record I’ve been anxiously awaiting.

She reminds many of Patty Griffin, but the deeply personal nature of her songs set Smith apart.

The upcoming record draws from childhood memories:

… a nod to her family and her heritage growing up in Smithtown, New York. The album is scheduled for release on Oct. 10th. “Long Island Shores” retains the raw, emotional intimacy of Mindy’s songs and haunting vocals but adds some sharp edges both musically and lyrically, broadening the landscape of Mindy’s storytelling. Mindy co-produced this record with Steve Buckingham and Lex Price along with additional production by Roger Moutenot.

“Out Loud” is a richly textured, complex track. It retains the frail vulnerability of “One Moment More” and “Angel Doves” but also has the urgent power of “Come to Jesus,” the breakout track from her first album.

“Why should we stand in lonely shadows/when there’s so much light around?” sings Smith, and the song emerges joyously around those sentiments.

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