Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Courtney Hartman

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Courtney Hartman

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Nothing We Say

Courtney Hartman

Personal and pensive, the Della Mae guitarist goes solo

On the title track of Nothing We Say, Courtney Hartman's cottony croon flutters in free fall: "The touch of my hand says more than the words that slip my mind." To listeners familiar with the Della Mae guitarist's nimble flat-picking, this seems a promise of what to expect from her solo debut-fluid guitar lines that convey meanings deeper than words.

Hartman wrote four of the five songs on this EP and her lyrics dance in tandem with her guitar work, with which they share equal significance. Liquid and bell-toned, Hartman's archtop spins whirlpooling loops, while simultaneously laying down a swaying, staggered rhythm on "When You See the Morning." The music's cozy sense of dislocation bolsters a jet -lag-fueled reverie, a memory of romance that dissipates like morning mist as Hartman's music-box banjo rolls in. …

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