All too often in this age of music journalism centering on the newest and hottest, gems sometimes slip through the cracks and unfortunately miss that magic window of coverage when it’s “new.”

Paula Frazer and Tarnation‘s What is and Was turned a year old last month, and it’s a gem I don’t want to let slip through the cracks any longer. I’m not entirely sure why we missed it when it was “new,” but luckily our coverage of Jacob Aranda’s debut led me back to it.

Throughout What Is and Was, Tarnation sets up a world where Paula Frazer’s soaring harmonies lead to lots of goosebumps. I don’t have much to add, but it would have been one of my favorite local releases of 2017 if I’d listened to it in 2017.

So celebrate the birthday of What is and Was with a fresh spin below, and maybe purchase some vinyl while you’re at it. And don’t be afraid to listen to those albums that are neither brand new nor quite old enough to be considered a classic. You just might find some future classics if you do.

Tarnation, Vega Victoria, Yea Ming (solo)
The Lucky Horseshoe
July 21, 2018