Published Oct 20, 2020Sam Lynch's delicate, lilting voice is achingly melancholy and relatable. There's an underlying sense that whatever the Vancouver-based singer-songwriter is going through, you've gone through it too, and that potential shared emotional experience is endlessly endearing. It can bring the listener back to life's moments of isolation, self-doubt, and confusion. As daunting as that sounds, there's solace and comfort in going back to those places with a guide like Lynch. And that she captures those murky waters so crystalline makes the journey ever more cathartic.
On "Not My Body," the opening track to her debut album, Little Disappearance, Lynch sings about the experience of disappearing from one's self. The soothing layers that kick off the album lay a silky foundation for Lynch's sage-like voice to ponder the pangs of losing one's sense of self. Yet the song, like many others on this album, builds to a hopeful and lustral crescendo. On "Off the Rails," Lynch shows her ability to approach heavy, stigmatized subjects with tact. While the song is about medicating potential mental illness, it does so in the comfort of a mildly bouncy, playful tone.
In Little Disappearance's seven tracks, Lynch expertly controls the cadence and quiet swell of her meditative style of songwriting. Little Disappearance is an album about looking for sturdy footing in an unsteady world; it's about losing and finding yourself, letting go and growing. Lynch has a talent for recognizing the powerful moments in her life and turning them into powerful moments of music, and Little Disappearance demonstrates that in spades. (Birthday Cake)