The Elemental Now
Mick Overman is a testament to American traditional music with his gristly vocals and finger-plucked guitar. The Elemental Now is rich in emotion as sweeping arpeggios become entangled in his spiritual lyrics. There is a rawness and openness that Overman brings to his performances on this album. It is an important reminder that beauty doesn’t always have to be gentle, soft, or manicured. There is immense beauty to be found in the vulnerability that a more raw style offers. Overman’s delivery tugs at your heartstrings because the stories he tells through song feel so vulnerable, heartfelt, and real. There are uplifting folk tunes, emotional and gruff blues songs, and tender ballads. This album is an emotional journey, so get cozy on the couch and enjoy.
Overman’s notable cover of Hoyt Axton’s “The Pusher” adds a bluesey flavor while maintaining the powerful rebellious and reflective themes of the song. “Take A Giant Step” is an upbeat song of positivity. Accompanied by a sweet, folksy acoustic guitar, Overman invites us to soften, reconnect with our inner child, and take a giant step outside our minds. His rendition of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses” is utterly captivating, full of swells followed by softness. The rawness in Overman’s voice lends itself perfectly here, bringing out the wildness of this emotional song. “Whiter Shade of Pale” is a heart-wrenching cover of Procol Harum. Slow guitar arpeggios are all that accompany Overman in a beautiful delivery that will stop you in your tracks. The Elemental Now is a contemplative and folksy collection of tracks accessible to any music lover.