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Ear to the Sound: Deb Montgomery’s “All the Water”

We have some exciting news: Elijah Dhavvan will be posting his music reviews here on Rain City Collective in his Ear to the Sound feature. It feels a little silly introducing Elijah; we think he knows just about everyone in the Seattle music community. Elijah fronts Tobias the Owl, organizes the annual Seattle Acoustic Festival, does some voice over acting, and tirelessly supports local music. He’s also a doctor. We’re not sure he sleeps.

We’re pretty stoked about this addition to the RCC site. It gets us one step closer to what we were hoping this site would eventually become - a place where people could share their thoughts about and experiences with the local arts scene. We think this might serve as the catalyst for getting other people involved. We’ve had people ask about contributing, and we just simply haven’t made it happen. This is a nice first step towards that goal.

Let’s get to the review.

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Ear to the Sound: Deb Montgomery’s “All the Water”

On her new EP, "All the Water", Deb Montgomery digs in the dirt while reaching a new height of passion, musicality, and connection with her audience. The 5 dirges that comprise her new effort are imbued with an engulfing sound that lifts up, while never overpowering the emotional spectrum of Montgomery's voice. At times intimate and mournful, the collection of songs features an ambitious arrangement of tightly composed music. As a musician, singer, songwriter, and band leader, Montgomery has never been on more confident footing, and with good reason. The EP is a career achievement and an advancement on an already impressive catalogue of songs. "All the Water" is a compelling reason to become a new fan of this accomplished, but continually evolving songwriter. Check out her EP release show at Substation on October 13th with Harris B.

(Images provided by Deb Montgomery)

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