Austin-based Cory Williams shares a love story, as well as an eulogy to lost love, in his album, ‘Bird Mouth’.
The artist wrote the songs on the long player in the early days of a new relationship, after a breakup. It’s a chronicle of the ups and downs of starting a life with a new love, while still dealing with the residual feelings of the old life.
Born in Indianapolis, Cory Williams’ songs have a way of sneaking up on you; they tell their tales quietly, but before you know it, you’re fully committed.
Lead single, ‘I Hope You Do’, has a bit of a Keith Richards vibe about it vocally: raspy, bluesy, drawly perfection. It’s a song of desperation, and so evidence in his voice, but yet there’s a beaming confidence there, which feels like he knows what he’s doing, he’s aware of his own shortcomings, but he’s not afraid to admit when he’s done the wrong thing.
The jangly guitars, and the jaunty beat conjures up a road trip, where time is not of the essence, and you’re at your leisure to take as long as you want to get to your destination. The song is accompanied by a retro lyric video, which somehow sits at odds to the desperate implorings of Williams; nonetheless, it still works.
‘Bird Mouth’ sees Cory Williams is backed by members of the Band of Heathens, with vocal assistance by Kelsey Wilson of Wild Child & Sir Woman. It’s a truly local creation, with songwriting sessions running all night, while the studio sessions were sweaty, yet inspiring affairs, lasting all day. Although Cory Williams is right at the centre of everything on the record, producer Gordy Quist ensured his fellow players pushed the music, and had their time in the sun.