Have you ever laid in the grass with your friends, while being serenaded with a sweet and simple acoustic tune, or is that just in the movies? Shockingly enough, this has actually happened to me, and listening to “With Only The Mountains” takes me right back to the field (ok, truth be told, it was a graveyard… but when you’re in a remote college town, you gotta take what you can get!) and the peaceful summer day I spent in the sun, listening to friends singing and noodling around on the guitar.
In a world where every bit of information about anyone is readily available on the web, Katya Grasso has somehow managed to stay relatively mysterious. You may recognize her vocals from last year’s “Fog + Fear,” a collaboration with LA-based producer Great Dane, but I heard her voice for the first time when a coworker introduced me to her music on a rainy day at the office. If the weather where you are has been anything like where I live in Northern California, you too might want to put this album on and fantasize about lazy summer days.
Katya’s velvety voice floats in and out over a tranquil and bright guitar riff and is really soothing to listen to. She’s got this silky smooth voice that shapes melodies so effortlessly. I know it’s not meant to be, but it feels like some sort of lullaby for a nap in the sun. The entire album actually feels like a daydream of the sort of idyllic summer you spend exploring the backwoods and lazing about making daisy chains.