The Olympia, Wash., singer’s flighty voice bounces like the sun off window blinds. “All the Birds” is a rollicking bluegrass jam where she sings, “Has every new beginning already begun?” Just like the sun when it highlights the dust on your records, her voice lingers just a little long. The production of the album, which was recorded with K Records, gives her that fuzz-on-the-needle aesthetic plenty of new folk bands (or is it nü-folk now?) wear with pride. Take the violin in “Long Way”—something about being slightly off-key makes it sound so earnest.
Mechanics is full of folk influences, simple poetry and layers of strings. It’s youthful in a way that leaves room for growth, but confident like a kid rightfully refusing to get on the bus during the blizzard. (Brooks Johnson)
Kendl Winter plays the VFW Fri., Dec. 14, at 9:30 PM with Butter, The Pine Hearts and Chris Sand. $5.