Where I Know You, the recently released EP from Hayley Reardon, is an insightful look into the personal stories of the young artist from Boston, MA. Highly reminiscent of Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, and Tracy Chapman, Reardon eloquently recalls the folk tradition of yesterday with an unmistakably modern acoustic sound. It is her gift for relatable songwriting, however, that enables her to hold listeners in the palm of her hand with intimately vulnerable and contemplative lyrics.
The lyrics of the tracks are honestly what steal the show. Reardon finds a way to not only tell the stories of the people in the songs, but draws the listener in as if you are sitting over a cup of coffee contemplating life. You can hear that intimacy in the single “Where I Know You” as Reardon softly sings “when we finally found the grave/ I saw your father on your face.” Again, in the chorus of “Bethany”, Reardon captures listeners with emotion-filled lyrics “she was free but freedom never comes easy/ and love it never comes freely.” Each track of Reardon’s storybook, Where I Know You, dives deeper into the songwriter’s ability to not only tell a story – but to make the listener FEEL the story. FEEL the emotion and the intimacy that is behind each and every word.
The idea behind Where I Know You was born after Hayley embarked on an unique tour of intimate spaces and non-traditional venues across the UK in 2017. With the help of London based production company, Webb Street Studios, Reardon created “The Handwritten Sessions,” subsequently releasing a candid live video series and tour documentary. “On that tour there was nothing to hide behind,” Reardon explains, “it was just me in a living room or a barn or a backyard, sometimes even without amplification. All I had were these stories of my life and the people who have shaped it — and for the first time that felt like enough.”