It’s hard to find meaningful music nowadays; we live in a world where Rolling Stone has dubbed Taylor Swift’s newest album as an “intimate” quest for identity, ranking it among the top albums of the year. Many are quick to seek refuge in the vastly empty 808’s of trap and rave music. It’s rare that we find a true talent, such as that of Covey, a Boston-based folk rock project fronted by British mastermind Tom Freeman. Covey represents everything that indie should be; it should be pure and honest, while also being hazy and distorted, with a sincerity that you can’t find anywhere else. Haggarty, the group’s latest LP, does just that.
The sound has evolved immensely from previous releases, such as Bows and Daisies. Featuring Guillermo Goldschmied on bass, Adam Marks on keys, Dillon Rovere on drums, and Freeman as the front-man, Covey emulates nostalgia and isolation, influenced clearly by acts such as Nick Drake and Neutral Milk Hotel. From the muted bass and jangling guitars of “///,” it’s clear that this album offers something unusually distinct. The distanced vocals of “Call Home” reflects drunken isolation and longing, while “Same White Shoes” is remorseful and lighthearted all at once. “Old Man” is a beautiful, introspective look at growing old and hoping for the best. “1955” is nostalgic, and almost ghostly, with “Funeral Home” taking along a similar theme. The album closes with the clashing cymbals and uplifting guitar of “In or Out,” Freeman singing about the insecurities and unsure nature of life.
The vibe of this album is almost incomparable to anything else out right now; it’s shocking at this group only has 110,000 monthly Spotify listeners. I had a strange moment of reflection while reading the aforementioned Taylor Swift Reputation review; why is it that Taylor Swift is being declared the most honest form of music? Covey’s music is heartfelt and honest, worldly and introversive, delicate and striking. It scrapes up the nostalgia and yearning for the future that we all carry within ourselves, whether we like it or not. It’s a beautiful album. It’s a shame that the rest of the world hasn’t caught up yet.