I hope you haven't got any plans for the next half an hour, if you have, call them off because I guarantee there is nothing better you can do for yourself that cut to the end of my waffling words here and press play on this beguiling new EP by Rachel Sermanni.
It's called Gently, as are three of the songs and came as something as a surprise when released late last week. I heard it for the first time last night after I'd got back from a rather wonderful gig by Liza Anne and Joseph and it hit me immediately.
Recorded with Rachel's friend Jennifer Austin in her flat and on her piano, the resulting four tracks ebb and flow with understated grace and beguiling beauty to results that touch deep inside. The opening "Gently" is pure poetry, a softly waltzing melody made up of little more than Rachel's acoustic guitar and Jen's piano chords, it leaves you with the sort of feeling that makes all your worries float away, dreamlike and devastatingly pretty with Rachel's breathy, sweetening voice and captivated words. That's a pretty accurate summation of the three "Gently" tracks which run into twenty minutes but feels half that, exquisite.
I'm seeing Rachel next Monday in London as part of an incredible line-up of songwriters that also includes Billie Marten and Flo Morrissey, I doubt she'll play anything from this EP but if it's simply Rachel and Jen recreating this EP, I'll be a very, very happy boy indeed (or if it's anything like the gig at No 14 Bacon St. No 14 Bacon St last summer).
Go an buy Gently now via Bandcamp.