When you live in Texas like me, you often find yourself day dreaming of being on an empty, salty-aired beach in an attempt to forget the melting, concrete deserts of summer. There is nothing remotely romantic about being degrees away from well-done while sitting in your car in infamous Lone Star traffic. But there is hope for escape, and it comes in the form of a wispy, deliciously calming voice and soft as cotton guitar chords. Spider is a Brooklyn-based folk singer who recently released The Way to Bitter Lake, a flowing compilation of seaworthy melodies. The songs Ballad of Clementine and Midnight on the Nile bring to mind slow motion images of vintage summers on washed away beaches, playing in the memories of forgotten vacation lovers. My favorite is Maggie’s Song for Alice. The melody has a mysterious quality of setting into stone your thoughts and emotions at the exact moment you play the song. Listen to this alone as you are winding down or driving, and you will be carried away, hopefully, to a quiet, sweeping seafront.

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