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Before he returns down under next year, we’ve compiled Ray LaMontagne’s 5 essential tracks

Next April, for the first time since taking a ten year hiatus, folk legend Ray LaMontagne will be returning down under for a run of intimate Aussie shows, as well as a set at Bluesfest 2019.

Needless to say, we’re pretty bloody excited. So before LaMontagne hits our shores next year, we’ve compiled his five essential tracks that you need to be across.

Before US folk legend Ray LaMontagne returns to Aussie shores next April, we’ve gathered his five essential track that you need to be across.

You Are The Best Thing

No matter what mood you’re in, You Are The Best Thing is guaranteed to cheer you up. Possibly his most well-known track, this single sees LaMontagne navigate an endearing blend of soul and folk to deliver a truly timeless song.

Released in 2008 as the first single from his Gossip In The Grain album, You Are The Best Thing has gone on to appear in a countless amount of TV shows and movies. We can’t wait to hear this track performed live next year.

Let It Be Me

Another track from his 2008 album Gossip In The Grain, Let It Be Me is another showcase of LaMontagne’s soulful brand of folk. Across this raw and earthy track, the singer-songwriter weaves his raspy vocals seamlessly with textured instrumentation.

Hold You In My Arms

Taken from LaMontagne’s 2004 debut album Trouble, Hold You In My Arms features delicate percussion and a stunning strings arrangement that sits perfectly alongside the artist’s sincere vocal delivery.

Such A Simple Thing

Earlier this year, LaMontagne returned with a new studio album in the form of Part Of The Light. The new album is arguably his strongest to date, and our favourite track to come from it is Such A Simple Thing. This new track showcases the simplicity that makes his music so great.

The track simmers gently for the majority of it’s five minute duration, and subtly builds into an incredibly cathartic folk track.

Beg Steal or Borrow

In 2010, when Ray LaMontagne released his third studio album God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise, he delivered what is possibly our favourite one of his tracks. Beg Steal or Borrow sees LaMontagne at his lyrical best, weaving an immersive folk tale that you’ll be unable to rip your attention away from.

If you want to catch Ray LaMontagne perform any of these tracks live, catch him next April at any of the following dates:

24th April – State Theatre, Sydney
27th April – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
18th April – 22nd – Bluesfest, Byron Bay

 

 

 

 

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October 5, 2018