Rachael Cantu’s sophomore album, Far and Wide, is not something we’ve never heard before. Her voice and her style are comparable to other beloved singer-songwriters such as Leona Naess and Norah Jones, soft and soothing. This, however, does not make her any less talented or make her work any less powerful.
The album is a wonderful collection that, ranging from indie-folk to poppier melodies, shows off the Californian singer’s effortless talent. Cantu is enchanting—a true storyteller whose seductive singing shakes you to the core.
When pushing play on the first track, “Devil’s Thunder”, you are at once captivated. It’s such a strong opening and a personal favorite—the perfect balance between Cantu and Vivek Shraya on backing vocals. Far and Wide does not disappoint, each song a story of hauntingly beautiful lyrics and soft, intricate arrangements. Some tracks are similar—“Eaten Alive” and “Thieves and Their Hands” both build on bouncier beats with just enough jazz to make them memorable, especially with Tegan and Sara’s Tegan Quin on vocals.
The best thing about this album, apart from Cantu’s desirable voice, is the array of whimsical images it provides. Take it from a writer—it ain’t easy painting a picture with words. But Cantu does exactly that on tracks such as “Your Hips Are Bad” and one of the best, “Little Ocean Town”, in which you can actually feel the ocean breeze and the beautiful sadness of a place called home.
With an album that inevitably leaves a listener in a relaxed yet pensive mood, one can say with certainty that her charming spunk and undeniable talent will take Rachael Cantu far and wide—pun very much intended.