Singer-songwriter Talena Bricker’s latest EP, War Line, is an engaging indie-folk offering that
balances poetic abstraction with visceral emotionality. It’s a rare feat to be broadly resonate yet
wield mystique. The result is that the Pacific Northwest native’s sophomore album satisfies like
a work of literature, and it rewards with repeated listens. The more you immerse yourself in
Talena’s songs, the more meaning you find. War Line will be preceded by the single, “In
Betweens" releasing on August 14th, 2020.
“When I write, I’m grappling with complicated feelings and narratives. I ask questions in music
and leave things open-ended and unresolved. That’s life, and that’s what feels human to me. It
brings me a beautiful catharsis, and it helps me to connect with others as they can use these
songs to make sense of their own lives,” the Richland, Washington-based artist shares.
After decades of privately writing songs, in 2018 Talena boldly stepped forward with her debut
EP. Her first release, Drowning, was an intimate voice and acoustic guitar record that earned rave reviews
from online outlets such as Ear To The Ground and When The Horn The Blows. Since then,
Talena has grown artistically through playing shows, and sharing her music in front of live
audiences. Her latest release, War Line, finds her incorporating a lusher Americana
soundscape into her literate indie-folk. This expanded palette of instrumentation includes
ethereal pedal steel, pastoral violin flourishes, and sensitive guitar, bass, and drums interplay.
Talena’s latest work recalls the subtle country-tinged beauty of songwriter indie artists such as
Gregory Alan Isakov, Patrick Park, and John Paul White. The 5-song EP was recorded at The Rye
Room in Portland by studio owner and producer Matt Greco.
The single “In Betweens” opens with a mesmerizing minor-key descending melodic figure that
establishes the song’s mood. Here, Talena’s vocals have an elegant flutter—they’re stirring and
emotive yet also float along elegantly. With lyrics such as: Some are born while others are
dying/Some of us loving while some of us are losing/Sometimes giving and sometimes we’re
using, it can be interpreted that the song alludes to making sense of lifechanging shakeups.
Talena reveals: “I wrote this song two years ago. I had 4 children, the youngest still a baby, and I
was just starting to figure out how to live a life outside of my four walls. I was someone who
needed fresh air, space, freedom, while also wanting the white picket family. I was someone
who wanted a close relationship, but also sometimes feels claustrophobic. For me, this song is
mostly about balance and mental health.”