If there’s a voice in Nebraska music most fit for instrumental minimalism, it could be Edem’s.
More than not hitting false notes, her low-rolling and subtle vibrato seems like it can’t. Atop the mournful and simple ukulele part of “Lay It Down,” Edem’s voice exists over the five minutes with an authority of comfort: not outright performance so much as enduring from some healing well of sound. At a certain intuitive point, the song could just as easily go on another 15 minutes and its sloping melancholy would cradle you the same way throughout.
Listen to more of Edem’s soulful folk here. And stay up-to-date with Sofar Omaha by sign up for its mailing list at: http://www.sofarsounds.com. You’ll learn about the Omaha organization’s upcoming shows and how you can RSVP.
This video was recorded on International Women’s Day, March 2, at the Omaha house venue Mooncottage. Minneapolis soul singer Caroline Smith headlined the show, and you watch that video here.