She may be one-half of famed folk-rock duo the Indigo Girls, but on Lung of Love, Amy Ray makes her own musical mark. But, itâ€™s not her first: Ray has five more albums, live and in-studio, under her belt. For Ray, though, her current effort recalls and reshapes her first solo disc, Stag.
â€œI didnâ€™t try to make the songs hang together musically or lyrically in any thematic way,â€ Ray says on her website. â€œI just used what I learned about songwriting, performance, when to keep a vocal, when to throw it away, and tried to edit the songs until they were short and sweet.â€
In large part, Ray remains true to her word. From tracks handing out â€˜90s nostalgia (â€œGlowâ€) and staccato strings (â€œFrom Haitiâ€) to those paying tribute to The Clash (â€œLittle Revolutionâ€), Ray engages with her early workâ€™s more frenetic pace.
She, too, makes space for a softer â€“ and sometimes, darker â€“ side. The discâ€™s opener, â€œWhen Youâ€™re Gone, Youâ€™re Gone,â€ sets a low, folksy, and aching tone; â€œI Didnâ€™t,â€ â€œCrying in the Wilderness,â€ and closer, â€œBird in the Hand,â€ offer variety, but, too, continue that contemplative trend.
Lung of Love is out now on Rayâ€™s own label, Daemon Records.