Despite being a relatively young contributor to the folk world, American songwriter Kyle Carey has already taken a prominent role among the representatives of American Celtic music, which is that special style of folk that mixes together western European sounds with American (in this case Appalachian) elements. On early 2018 she released the third full-lenght album of her discography, The Art of Forgetting, and all the good things that have been said and written of her so far are absolutely confirmed by this new record.
One of the most interesting aspects of Carey’s music is the absolute ability that she manifests in exploring different musical influences without ever altering and distorting the essential element of his style. And whatever is the inspiration of her songs, it may be an Irish ballad or an American poem, everything is shaped and incorporated into the music in an extremely natural way, creating a collection of songs that show an absolute stylistic coherence but at the same time are gifted by a variety of nuances that make the listening experience an extremely pleasant one.
The beauty of this album derives aslo from the quality of the musicians who have been called to contribute to the recording of the songs. The release notes of the LP show that Carey has called together a super team of artists. Just to mention a few ones, we have singer, violinist and banjo player Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), American guitarist Sam Broussard (from the Cajun band Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys), and Scottish folk musician and composer John McCusker. Each of these musicians has contributed to the definition of the songs with their special style and background, but always in a controlled manner, without ever demanding the listener’s attention, as a precious spice that enriches a dish without covering the taste of the main ingredients, or as a secondary hint of a good aged wine, which gives richness, depth, but which only expert palates can distinguish and identify with clarity and precision.