As the first acoustic lo-fi bars of “Truly, You Are” play, you almost expect to hear the voice of Leslie Feist come in over top of the easily strummed rhythm. Instead of her smoky, shaking vocals, however, we’re treated to the smooth, silky tones of Minnesota’s John Mark Nelson. The track that unfolds is a simple one, yet engaging, of the kind you’d expect to hear streaming out of an art-deco radio on a sunny summer morning during the opening credits of a movie about the 50s. It’s a sound that’s both fresh, nostalgic and, despite my oddly specific description just now, timeless. When fellow Minnesotan Kara Laudon‘s wispy warble chimes in alongside soft organ tones, the results are sweet harmonies, smiles and hugs…and cotton candy…and rainbows.
The track appears on the first global compilation from Sofar Sounds, which is available now on iTunes and Spotify and will be released on vinyl March 2nd.
STREAM: John Mark Nelson – “Truly, You Are” [PREMIERE]