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Chris Bathgate — Eliza
Album: Salt Year
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7.1

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Total ratings: 1181









Released: 2011
Length: 4:47
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Was it sacred? Did you scream out?
Was he far eyed? With his heart out?
Oh, tell me it true. Oh, tell me it true.

Were the cottonwoods a drifting?
Were you silent? Were you singing?
What delicate tune? What delicate tune?

What secret did he tell yea?
Wild lilac and Diapensia.
Was he as far gone? With the engine light on?
Was it sacred? Did you scream out?
Did you kiss him? Was it light out?
What delicate hue? What delicate hue?
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great album, thanks RP.
This guy is well worth checking out. I've been listening to his music a lot since hearing this for the first time recently.
lovely
 MrsTom wrote:
Hopefully she answered 'none of your business'
 

I think she said "nunya!"
Good song brings memory back
Americana, best of the New Breed
A pure 10. Sublime.
 poetdancer wrote:

As someone who has long identified as non-monogamous, I could say this is about a man speaking about his girlfriend as she's on a date (with someone else). I could also say this is about a parent singing about his daughter who is on a date. But that's what I like about this song.

 
Or an intimate conversation between friends about a lover....
 izycrzy wrote:
I think this song is about a fling. I think it gets at the tangled, complicatedness of desire vs commitment and monogamy. Anyone else get that? Or is that just me?

 
As someone who has long identified as non-monogamous, I could say this is about a man speaking about his girlfriend as she's on a date (with someone else). I could also say this is about a parent singing about his daughter who is on a date. But that's what I like about this song.
I think this song is about a fling. I think it gets at the tangled, complicatedness of desire vs commitment and monogamy. Anyone else get that? Or is that just me?
 sfyi2001 wrote:

                         'SHE' ?

 
An assumption when one reads the lyrics .... and the song's named "ELIZA" for heaven's sake.
9/10...nice
 MrsTom wrote:
Hopefully she answered 'none of your business'

 

                         'SHE' ?
Hopefully she answered 'none of your business'
romeotuma wrote:


Very interesting...  I like this...



Album Review: Chris Bathgate - Salt Year


Bathgate's music is dreamy, whiskey-colored folk floating above a careful arrangement of guitar and piano, used only to augment the songs rather than lead them. Bathgate playing acoustic must sound pretty much like this album; everything is designed to show off his voice, and his voice is in fine form here. He's distinctive enough to admire but subtle enough to allow your mind to wander through his songs.

"No Silver" is catchy and casual, loping at an easy pace through country-style guitar and some gentle percussion. "Poor Eliza" is a darkly quiet meditation on relationships: "It is what it is/what it is." Its apparent companion, "Eliza (hue)", sounds like Dispatch would if that band had a greater depth of emotion. Title track "Salt Year" is dreamy and sad, reflecting on lost loves in a melody that showcases the velvety texture of Bathgate's voice. Album closer "Everything (Overture)" is a lovely, six-minute dalliance through a bare soundscape colored at first only by a lone guitar and Bathgate's voice, featured in a quiet harmony that brings to mind the Once soundtrack. Gradually, horns and percussion flesh out the song into a fully loaded rambler. It's startling when the music ends; you expect it to just keep going on into the sunset.

Chris Bathgate owns the voice and the melancholy of someone twice his age, and Salt Year packages enough charm to spare. This is the perfect background music for writing, drawing, or maybe just dreaming away the afternoon.



 

 
sweet man   : )

 


Chris Bathgate
 (born April 21, 1982) is an American indie folk singer-songwriter and musician.
He is prominent in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti folk music scene in Michigan
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 Easyrider wrote:
Simply love this song,beautiful 😊

 


Lovely song.  Enjoyed the review (below) too.  Thanks all.
 From a color chart, I've picked  up one that cries out Camouflage
If you get a chance to see this guy live, do it.
gorgeous
kinna nice ole timey feel here
Levon and the Boys would approve, i reckon 
Simply love this song
 FRP wrote:
The more I listen, the more I like it. 8->9

 
Sare here.  8 to 9 with this listen. 
The more I listen, the more I like it. 8->9
 Webfoot wrote:

I'll bring the Talisker.

 
You guys / gals rock 
Made me look up the song.  What does that equal?  A 7?
 Webfoot wrote:

I'll bring the Talisker.

 
Wait 'til Thursday, at least.
 kingart wrote:
Not fine or unique music or lyrics -- but I'm falling in love with that voice. Sweeeeeet. Scottish? Pass me that single malt and let's have a party, baby. 

 
I'll bring the Talisker.
Solid 9 for me!
 
Was a strong 7 til the last annoying few minutes
Bumped from 7 to 8 with this listen
Sounds very much like Rachael Yamagata "Be Be Your Love." 
Not fine or unique music or lyrics -- but I'm falling in love with that voice. Sweeeeeet. Scottish? Pass me that single malt and let's have a party, baby. 
A perfect next song would be the Patty Griffin song "Beige Shoes". I think that's the title. 

:-) 
Is this song covered by someone else?
Not a bad tune, but the lyrics seem awfully painful; a combination of anger and regret and loss and bitterness.  But of course, these things happen.
 Stingray wrote:

CHRIS, grand-grandson of BILLY!

Check it out - I am serious!

 
Or not. 

"Billy Bathgate" wasn't a bad movie, although "Ragtime" was better.  Hey, I didn't know Doctorow wrote "Book of Daniel" as well—thanks Stingray! Looks like Hollywood's taken care of Doctorow...
 

:-) what a nice cover :-). and music, too.


Nice. Love it!
Like it.A Van Morrison type groove........
I just bought the album. It's all good!
That is a beautiful composition.
 dew34 wrote:
Instant connection with this song-like a lot
  same.
wow.


Instant connection with this song-like a lot
Would like to hear more of him.
 djengs wrote:
liking this more each time I hear it.
 
Ditto.
liking this more each time I hear it.
Just love this song and what it does emotionally.
Almost but not quite an 8. Maybe some more listens could push it up, though.
Love it!
 romeotuma wrote:


Very interesting...  I like this...



Album Review: Chris Bathgate - Salt Year


Bathgate's music is dreamy, whiskey-colored folk floating above a careful arrangement of guitar and piano, used only to augment the songs rather than lead them. Bathgate playing acoustic must sound pretty much like this album; everything is designed to show off his voice, and his voice is in fine form here. He's distinctive enough to admire but subtle enough to allow your mind to wander through his songs.




 
 
Everybody in your Hotel-room read this review?

CHRIS, grand-grandson of BILLY!

Check it out - I am serious!


Album Review:  "This is the perfect background music for writing, drawing, or maybe just dreaming away the afternoon." —-romeo post

 
Would that I could write music with as much intrinsic value. Oh I could write , but it would be considered a prelude to the mute button.


 skis wrote:
The hockey player?! Nice.
 
Andy Bathgate, hockey player.

Ya wavelength near the end, just the fiddle.

The song itself, great stuff.


The hockey player?! Nice.
Chris, son of BILLY!


Very interesting...  I like this...



Album Review: Chris Bathgate - Salt Year


Bathgate's music is dreamy, whiskey-colored folk floating above a careful arrangement of guitar and piano, used only to augment the songs rather than lead them. Bathgate playing acoustic must sound pretty much like this album; everything is designed to show off his voice, and his voice is in fine form here. He's distinctive enough to admire but subtle enough to allow your mind to wander through his songs.

"No Silver" is catchy and casual, loping at an easy pace through country-style guitar and some gentle percussion. "Poor Eliza" is a darkly quiet meditation on relationships: "It is what it is/what it is." Its apparent companion, "Eliza (hue)", sounds like Dispatch would if that band had a greater depth of emotion. Title track "Salt Year" is dreamy and sad, reflecting on lost loves in a melody that showcases the velvety texture of Bathgate's voice. Album closer "Everything (Overture)" is a lovely, six-minute dalliance through a bare soundscape colored at first only by a lone guitar and Bathgate's voice, featured in a quiet harmony that brings to mind the Once soundtrack. Gradually, horns and percussion flesh out the song into a fully loaded rambler. It's startling when the music ends; you expect it to just keep going on into the sunset.

Chris Bathgate owns the voice and the melancholy of someone twice his age, and Salt Year packages enough charm to spare. This is the perfect background music for writing, drawing, or maybe just dreaming away the afternoon.



 


 kcar wrote:
To more musically knowledgeable RPers: was that a waltz in a minor key? Like this, whatever it is. 

 
 
A waltz tempo yes. However the main progression is in a major key (F# according to the piano on my iPhone). Nice tune.

Anyone hearing Van Morrison's "Wavelength"? Nice little tune.
To more musically knowledgeable RPers: was that a waltz in a minor key? Like this, whatever it is. 

 
A solid 5. The very definition thereof.
Very Andrew Bird-esque.

Nicely done.