You’re a solo singer-songwriter planning to record your debut album. Do you
a) Replicate your live performances – just you and your guitar?
b) Sign up with Klee Music and make some magic?
I’m delighted young Esme Bridie chose the latter option, and Today It Rains is the result.
Anyone who’s seen Esme live will already know about her collection of superb, self-penned songs which she performs with a distinctive, gentle voice and assured guitar style. Today It Rains takes those songs and elevates them to the next level.
The album consists of twelve songs (there’s a vinyl release, naturally!) kicking off with the punchy Self Destructive and finishing with the jaunty Precious Life. In between we have old favourites What You Had Yesterday, Only Young and her most well-known song Big Brown Boots. These three feature on Esme’s 2016 EP Only Young, and listening back to the original versions illustrates just how far the magicians at Klee Music have taken her.
Some songs such as Self Destructive and the powerful Tower of Regret feature a full band sound. Dirty Hands and Old Love (How Did We Get This Way) are amongst the tracks that take a more pared back approach. The jazzy Queen Bee (Side 2, Track 3!) is one of my particular favourites.
The instrumentation throughout this album is sympathetic and never over-bearing, with every single track allowing Esme’s voice to shine through. I especially enjoyed the use of strings, and the harp on What You Had Yesterday was a pleasant surprise.
As debut albums go Today It Rains is a real triumph, and I for one can’t wait to see what the future holds for Esme Bridie!
Graham Holland is the owner and editor of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and runs Liverpool Acoustic’s award-winning live music events with local musician Stuart Todd. In real life he’s a Web Development Officer, has been producing podcasts on a regular basis since July 2006, and runs a number of websites for other organisations. He lives in Wavertree with his husband and their cat Xiao Hei.