Overflowing with pristine, unforgettable melodies, rich acoustic fingerstyle work, and breathtaking displays of technical skill, Yasmin Williams' latest album, Urban Driftwood, is one of 2021's most strikingly original guitar-based albums – acoustic or electric.
We're thrilled then, to be premiering a video of Williams performing a brand-new composition, Virga, at Third Man Records in Nashville.
Harp guitar in hand, Williams simply puts on a fingerpicking masterclass, creating a driving rhythm that doesn't let up for a second (even, remarkably, while she transitions from playing upright to laying the guitar on her lap – twice!) and a luscious, varied landscape of crystalline harmonics, beautifully melodic figures and booming bass notes from the harp guitar's top neck.
You can check out the masterful performance below.
"A virga is a meteorological phenomenon where streaks of rain hang from a cloud and evaporate before reaching the ground,” Williams said in a statement.
“I wrote Virga as a reflection and meditation on how the year 2020 went for me personally and how I was looking forward to the start of 2021. While a virga can be quite beautiful, it can also be very dangerous; I related this concept to my anticipation of 2021 and how, while I was thrilled 2020 was coming to an end, I was cautious at how the new year would begin.”
Virga is part of a series of new instrumental pieces from Williams, Simone Dinnerstein, John Carroll Kirby, Green-House, Claire Rousay and William Tyler that were released today as Amazon Originals.
If the piece, understandably, leaves you curious about Williams' music, give our interview with her from July a read.