The Indigo Girls are like a piece of precious jewellery you thought you’d lost years ago – but with an unexpected flutter of relief and joy turns up in a jacket pocket – to be worn again. The ‘denim duo’ from Atlanta, Georgia are back with their new album One Lost Day, recorded in Nashville, Tennessee. The Indigo Girls first made musical waves on this writer’s radar back in the early nineties, when an American friend cried in disbelief that I hadn’t heard of them. At the time this new American folk cult phenomenon formed by Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, were up to album number four. Cut to 2015 and the 15th album One Lost Day – the Indigo Girls have proved prolific in publishing folk music ever since.
Alberta introduces the new album with a warm repetitive bass riff and the lyrics; It seems like a long time /But it’s been no time /In a course of a lifetime/ Since you’ve gone. Come a Long Way and Elizabeth have those familiar tidal-like harmonies that crescendo and decrescendo with the compelling voices of Emily Saliers and Amy Ray. With echoing trumpet solos in Fishtails, and a haunting piano, violin, cello and synthesiser composition in Findlay, Ohio 1968 – this is music that you could see a contemporary dance company moving to. The standout song is Happy in the Sorrow Key – it delivers Amy Ray’s robust tenor tones, a driving electric guitar riff that you would hear on a Fleetwood Mac anthem, that trumpet again, orchestral sounds and a hardworking groovy bass line.
Don’t sweat the small stuff in not knowing them or even liking their music genre – get to know them now. Using new producer (Jordan Brooke Hamlin) has helped the Indigo Girls evolve – clever compositions played by talented and contrasting instrumentalists, from beautiful weaving acoustic guitars to big time orchestral manoeuvres. One Lost Day is an artistic and slick production – yet many of the lyrics are sung about looking back and this has still proven to be an excellent muse.