Megan Henwood’s second album is titled Head. Heart. Hand. Possibly a nod to the parts of
Megan Henwood’s second album is titled Head. Heart. Hand. Possibly a nod to the parts of the body involved in the songwriting process — figuratively and literally, but not necessarily in that order.
Whatever the meaning behind it, the follow-up to her first album, 2011’s Making Waves, is most definitely heartfelt.
But then, what would you expect from an album recorded in a homemade studio in a renovated barn using 580 hay bales for soundproofing.
It’s that same level of work that has gone into the music itself — you can literally hear it. The masterful storytelling in Garden and Grateful Ghost is as hypnotic as the folk-ish acoustics the lyrics are over the top of.
Henwood, 27, says she feels her new record is “a lot darker” then her previous offering. Lead Balloon and Painkiller are the final two tracks and they show real depth as well as darkness to close the album.
The former in particular is soft but powerful — telling a relatable but clearly personal story. Yet there are still upbeat and jazzy tracks such as No Good No Fun and The Songbird — but these do not succumb to poor storytelling for the sake of it.
Henwood shows great ability in carrying you along on a journey with her combination of words coming across with incredible honesty on top of a polished production no matter what the tempo of the song.
She almost whispers you through 12 short stories with the laid-back authority of one who is well on her way towards mastery of her singer-songwriting craft.