The music of Rachel Ries (rhymes with ‘peace’) possesses what some refer to as a ‘vintage-sounding folk’. While this is hardly a definitive description, perhaps it is one that fits best.
Classically trained in violin, viola, voice, and piano (and self-taught on guitar), Ries uses her pleasingly sweet voice, poetic lyrics and acoustic arsenal to create some of the most instantly likeable songs – all of them possessing a near-inexplicable timeless quality.
Recalling the legendary sounds of artists like Billie Holiday, Ries’ second full-length album, For You Only features a treasure trove of songs one can imagine listening to on the sweetest of summer afternoons. It captures Ries’ significant skill as both a songwriter and a musician with melodies that will leave you humming throughout the evening.
Most commonly compared to artists like folkster Dar Williams, Ries’ songs are much more intimate and less fussy.