At the moment, I’m absolutely obsessed with a new find of mine – Fugitive Songs by Nathan Tysen and Chris Miller. I found this album completely by accident when I went on a YouTube sidebar adventure! I don’t know much about this album because I haven’t done any research into it, but I am pretty sure it’s a concept album in a musical theatre genre. I don’t think it’s a concept musical or stand alone musical songs (like Scott Alan or Kerrigan-Lowdermilk’s songs).
What I like about this album is although it is clearly in the musical theatre genre, it has a lot of folk influences and it reminds me a lot of musicals like Once and Bonnie & Clyde. There are some incredible harmonies and I can’t think of one song that I would skip if it came on. If you are a fan of Scott Alan, you will love this album!
The first song I listened to was Lost, the first song on the album. It is performed by Karen Olivo on the album but I listened to a live version of Barret Wilbert Weed singing it. She became one of my favourite performers after her performance in Heathers, and I love her version of Lost. This song is hilarious and would be so much fun to perform. This would be a great song to add to your rep if you are a mezzo who likes delivering comedy!
Another favourite of mine is Wilson. I don’t know if anyone gets this reference, but the story of the song really reminds me of the first few episodes of season one of Lost?! I don’t know whether that’s because there’s a song called Lost on the album, or because of the references to having a gun or doing drugs, but Wilson seems to embody every Lost character in the moment where the dramatic music starts and they’ve been ganged up on! The harmonies in this song are off the chain, and I would love to get a group together to perform this song.
Wildflowers is probably my favourite song on the album. The arrangement is stunning and would be an amazing duet for a mezzo and baritone – I’m currently trying to convince my favourite person to duet with to sing this song with me! It reminds me of the duets in Waitress (a musical which I will probably blog about at some point because I am OBSESSED with it). I love how it sounds like a love song but the lyrics seem to tell a different story. The harmonies are amazing in this song too and would be perfect for an open mic night or showcase.
Finally, Break a Branch is another song with amazing harmonies and a stunning arrangement. Plus, who doesn’t love listening to Barret Wilbert Weed’s voice?! This would be amazing for a group to sing at a singing festival or showcase.
Other songs of note are Lullaby, Reasons to Run and Shine.
Check this album out, it’s on Spotify and YouTube and I can guarantee you’ll get hooked on it after listening to a few songs!
Hope you enjoyed today’s blog post, share it with your fellow musical theatre fans and let me know what you think! xxxx