A former student at Berklee College of Music, Colorado native Megan Burtt aims to emulate her idols on her new album The Bargain—Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Sarah MacLachlan, Shawn Colvin—and develop her own voice in the process, and as you can hear on the winsome new track “Real Thing”, she’s well on her way. Soulful, confessional, and sublime in a rustic way, the influence of Colvin especially looms over this track, gracefully building to a gentle, ethereal chorus.
“There was a time when I felt like I was showing up to my life as a fraud,” Burtt says. “Just sort of going through the motions and putting a face on for company. ‘Real Thing’ for me is about being lost in all of that and sweeping everyone around you up in the mess. Yet, knowing full-well what you’re doing and longing to get past it.”
The Bargain will be released 25 August.
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