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First Listen: Sera Cahoone, 'From Where I Started'

First Listen: Sera Cahoone, 'From Where I Started'

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For more than a decade, singer-songwriter Sera Cahoone has specialized in a shy, introverted kind of folk music: She started her career at the back of the stage, playing drums for Carissa's Wierd and Band Of Horses, and the solo songs that followed reflected the gently unassuming nature of a singer who couldn't showboat in the spotlight if she tried. Instead, Cahoone's first three records — a self-titled 2006 debut, 2008's Only As The Day Is Long and 2012's Deer Creek Canyon, all great — settle in as front-porch comfort music, with a lyrical and sonic emphasis on soothing the listener's aches and woes.

But on From Where I Started, Cahoone's first album in five years, something's different, and it's clear in the first words of the opening track. "First years I ever played my, my songs for anyone / My back was toward them and I sang down to the ground. / Got so tired of being nervous that I finally turned around." That song, "Always Turn Around," marks the beginning of a clear shift toward putting more of herself into each warm bit of storytelling.

Thankfully, Cahoone has lost none of her easygoing approachability along the way; her songs still amble sweetly and gently, propelled by a voice that radiates kindness. But, starting with "Always Turn Around," From Where I Started tackles personal realities in ways its predecessors generally didn't. In "Ladybug," she pays empathetic, finely detailed tribute to a cousin killed by a domestic partner — "All the signs were right there / We just couldn't believe" — while "Up To Me" offers a bracingly grown-up take on lifetime love. ("I wanna be your lover / Like no other / But it's not really up to me.")

Still, Cahoone remains fascinated with contentment, and From Where I Started closes by painting a picture of domestic bliss undisturbed by the constant churn of the world around it. In "House Our Own," amid a sweet haze of slide guitars, she examines and celebrates the way the right relationship can redefine our concept of home. For all the album's detours into tragedy and self-doubt, it's natural that Sera Cahoone would close the proceedings where her solo career started: in the pursuit of freedom from the prison of a worried mind.

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First Listen: Sera Cahoone, 'From Where I Started'

01Always Turn Around

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02Better Woman

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03Ladybug

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04Up to Me

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05Time to Give

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06Taken Its Toll

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07Only One

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08Not Like I

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09Dusty Lungs

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10Tables Turned

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11House Our Own

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