Track of the Day: 'All In Due Time' (premiere)

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Texas singer-songwriter Jacob Metcalf just released his debut album, Fjord. The album, imagined over the span of a decade, features material written during Jacob’s travels across five continents. In his words:

I daydreamed about returning to the States as an old man. Of course, in a sense it was just a boyish stunt, full of naiveté, but it instilled in me the values of being generous with others and living on next to nothing.

That Mag gave the project a glowing review:

What strikes me the most with Jacob Metcalf’s work is the comforting familiarity that emanates from the songs. Yet Fjord never sounds like a pale, copy, imitation, or reproduction of any work, but more like a truthful, honest, and genuine rendition of Metcalf’s vision of cinematic-folk. Including rich yet simple and effective arrangements that involve cellos, violins, horns, each and every song off the album are beautiful, both on a lyrical and a musical level: Jacob Metcalf’s craftsmanship cannot be disputed. He knows what he is doing and he is doing it well.

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