"Hit you with a feather, miss you by a whisker, and I'm gonna kill you if you dare." - from "1997"
You could have knocked me over with a feather.
I found Megan Washington thanks to a free song download with my Starbucks one day. I loved that song ("Beautiful Trash," not on this CD) and in particular the voice on it so much, I did some research and found this singer and songwriter from Australia. Her only full-length CD, 'I Believe You Liar,' was listed under the band name Washington.
And the songs on it can only be classified as amazing.
"So we'll just be happy, happy tonight - and tomorrow we'll be miserable, right?" - from "How to Tame Lions"
It was frustrating at first. I couldn't even buy the CD directly from Washington's website - they only ship it to Australia - so Amazon was my next best option. To be honest, it's a little on the pricy side for your average collection of 50 minutes of music, at least compared to most US music CD's, and that put me off too.
What I soon found is that this was above average music. Washington's songs leave the average behind in the bargain bins of your local music shop. If you're in the US, 'I Believe You Liar' is well worth the extra cost.
"I will take the time to make it, just so you've the chance to break it!" - from "Sunday Best"
There's a widely-held theory that popular music, the art of the 4-minute song mastered by artists like the Beatles, is a dying genre in its last throes. Washington's music proves that it's still alive and well, if you take the time to look for it.
There's an amazing variety of songs and styles on 'I Believe You Liar,' from the high-energy pop of "Rich Kids" and "Sunday Best" to the sweeping, mournful "Lover / Soldier" and the soft-spoken, heartfelt, bluegrassy "Underground." There's a hint of 1950's Americana on "Navy Blues" and a pure electronic shoegaze feel for "How to Tame Lions" - which is perhaps the best song about a broken relationship I've ever heard, on par with anything Rachael Yamagata or Trespassers William have done in that vein.
Simply put, 'I Believe You Liar' is an original and inspiring look at what an artist can do with 4 minutes, a beautiful and expressive voice, clever words, and the right instruments to help set the mood. It's the sort of music that gives me hope for popular music as a whole.
"Though I may be relatively young, I hope in the final moments I hear every song I've ever sung." from "Underground"