Holding Out for the One White Horse Jersey on the Wall (I’m Just Asking) I Kept the Roses Somebody’s Daughter Stupid Boy
Canadian contender Tenille Townes first introduced herself to the mainstream country scene in 2018 with a stripped-down acoustic EP, Living Room Worktapes, that emphasized the cozily personal origins of her compositions. She showcases more outgoing, scaled-up ambitions on her second EP, which lays the groundwork for her forthcoming full-length. Working with super-producer Jay Joyce, shes amplified her singer-songwriter sensibilities with brisk rhythms and subtly experimental arrangements. Theres beat-driven buoyancy to Somebodys Daughter, an empathetic portrait of a stranger living on the fringes; ambient swells in the spiritual seekers ballad Jersey on the Wall (Im Just Asking); and idiosyncratic instrumental textures refracting the sunniness of Holding Out for the One. Townes, whose voice sounds intimate even at its most energetic, proves that she can be both an earnest romantic and a savvy performer at the same time.