I caught Carrie Ashley Hill a few months ago when she opened up the night for Communion’s monthly showcase at Rockwood Music Hall. And her set was comprised of material from her was comprised of material from her latest effort, Me At All. Sonically, the material was hauntingly gorgeous while possessing a slight alt country/country twang.
In some way, it shouldn’t be surprising that her work and her overall aesthetic has been compared to the likes of Stevie Nicks, Neko Case and Nicole Atkins; indeed, much like Nicks’s and Case’s work, Hill’s material possesses a delicacy and a quiet self-assuredness, while feeling lived in, as though it comes from the deeply personal observations, experiences and thoughts of her life. It sounds as though it owes a debt to the troubadours popular during 70s AM radio rock.
Album title track, “Me At All” is probably one of my favorite songs from Hill’s latest effort as it has a haunting beauty – it’s fitting for a song that focuses on one’s ghosts in such a vivid way.