Ralph Covert: Welcome to Deadsville
Ralph Covert returns to his singer-songwriter roots with a stirringly intimate collection of post-pop acoustic gems. The lyrics and melodies evoke comparisons to artists like Elliott Smith and Paul McCartney, arranged with sparse yet sparkling production in the vein of Beck and fellow Chicagoans Wilco. The album is a reflective and tuneful meditation on life. As the Los Angeles Times puts it, “Covert blends smart lyrics with instrumental arrangements that appeal to music lovers of all ages.” The title track, which serves as an alluring travel brochure for the fictional tourist resort of Deadsville, intriguing combines shimmering production with a dystopian lyric. Other stand-out tracks include the first single off the album, The Year of Things Unasked For, and the aching Fly Little Bird, a song Ralph wrote for his mother when she was on her deathbed.