Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Thayer Sarrano has a fascinating backstory. She grew up in a monastery in the swamplands of coastal South Georgia and received classical music training as a child. Having written instrumental compositions and poetry as a youngster, she moved into songwriting upon moving to the longtime musical oasis of Athens, Ga.
Her 2009 debut album “King” prompted Americana UK magazine to dub Sarrano “The New Queen of Shoegaze” and she built on that foundation with 2012 sophomore slab “Lift Your Eyes to the Hills.” For third album “Shaky,” Sarrano blended deeply personal experiences with the mystical.
“I feel like I have to make this quilt out of these patches of visions I’ve collected,” she explains. “And then suddenly the song is finished, and I realize it’s all true.”
The 10-track, 42-minute “Shaky” is a relentlessly mellow album, but there’s a haunting beauty in Sarrano’s songs. Among the highlights are “How Can I Wait,” “Touch My Face,” the title track, personal favorite “A Quiet State of Panic,” “Glimpses” and “Hide My Health.” Good stuff. (Jeffrey Sisk)