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Becca Mancari returns with her new album The Greatest Part. Mancari explores her childhood experiences on the single “First Time,” and it focuses on her religious upbringing. The lyrics are raw and intrepid, peeling back old scars to explore the emotional and psychological turmoil Mancari weathered growing up gay in a fundamentalist Christian home, while at the same time examining the ties that continue to bind her to the family she loves. This image is the opening line of Becca Mancari’s “First Time,” a somber song that takes an intimate look at the true story of Mancari’s coming out to her parents. A lot of people were introduced to Becca Mancari as a member of Bermuda Triangle alongside Brittany Howard, but Becca had also released her debut solo album Good Woman right around the same time Bermuda Triangle put out their first single, and Good Woman proved Becca was a worthwhile artist in her own right. It’s one of the past few years’ true gems; an alt-country record with an indie rock edge and truly timeless songwriting.  Becca hasn’t abandoned her folk/country roots, though, and the fusion of all of these sounds makes for an album that breaks down even more musical boundaries than Good Woman did. The sounds that Becca experiments with on this album are new, but what hasn’t changed is how impactful her song writing and delivery is. She still has a knack for wrapping powerful storytelling in warm melodies, and delivering each word in a way that captures your attention and doesn’t let it go.

Powerful and explicit, yet warm and nuanced, the song is an excellent encapsulation of the record it’s from: Mancari’s sophomore album, The Greatest Part, which dropped on June 26th via Captured Tracks. Recorded with producer Zac Farro (of Paramore fame) at The Fatherland Studio in Nashville, the record is a tremendously beautiful, intimate and expressive personification of Mancari’s artistry as a whole.

Mancari first splashed onto the indie scene as a solo artist in 2017 with the release of her debut record, Good Woman. At the same time, she was a member of Bermuda Triangle, a supergroup featuring Mancari along with Jesse Lafser and Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard. At that point in time, Mancari was going hard and fast — she was doing a ton of touring and was fighting a seemingly uphill battle trying to sustain her career. There’s backing vocals on “First Time” and “I’m Sorry” by Julien Baker.

The instrumentals echo hesitantly until the steady guitar solo offers something concrete in all her wandering. The music video then cuts to shots of same-sex couples, symbolizing that she found chosen family with people like her The Greatest Part is more of an exercise in joyous catharsis. The meaningful lyrics are expertly juxtaposed by charmingly catchy melodies and ethereal indie rock dreamscapes. In short, if you listened to this record without paying too close of attention to the lyrics.

Captured Tracks debut from Becca Mancari.

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Divine, dreamy indie-pop with from New York-born, Nashville-based artist Becca Mancari. She’s got that ultra-honest approach to her lyrics. She doesn’t shroud her tales in metaphor, preferring to flat-out tells us about how it felt to come out, how her super religious family reacted and how it’s affected her. Honest and beautiful songwriting. Becca Mancari is a traveler. She’s lived everywhere — Staten Island, Florida, Zimbabwe, Virginia, India, Pennsylvania — and she’s collected plenty of tales along the way, spinning the sounds and stories of the modern world into songs. Expanding beyond the homespun rootsiness of her critically acclaimed debut to incorporate a grittier, more experimental palette, Becca Mancari’s captivating new collection, ‘The Greatest Part,’ lives in a liminal space between grief and joy, pain and forgiveness, sorrow and liberation. The record, produced by Paramore drummer Zac Farro, marks a significant sonic and emotional evolution, balancing unflinching self-examination with intoxicating grooves and infectious instrumental hooks fueled by explosive percussion and fuzzed out guitars.

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Her new album The Greatest Part will be out at the end of June.

Becca Mancari first popped up on my radar due to her being involved with Brittany Howard’s side-project, Bermuda Triangle. Soon thereafter I caught wind of the lead track off of her debut LP and I was hooked. On her debut, the Nashville based artist does a fantastic job of adding some indie pop flourishes to her Americana sound. It really made me stand up and take up notice.

The second track, Waiting So Long, is a real winner. It has some tasty guitar, including some unconventional use of pedal steel. The track centers around Mancari asking how she can get her interest reciprocated. Golden is a beautiful break-up track where both sides still seem be able to find the beauty in each other despite the dysfunction. The penultimate track, Kitchen Dancing, is another beauty; using subtle pedal steel to create atmosphere.

“Good Woman” is a great debut by someone who clearly has a great future ahead of her.

One of the more anticipated new releases this year comes from Becca Mancari, a Nashville-based songwriter with ties to Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes as well as a vibrant solo career of her own. Good Woman, out October 6th, sees Mancari carving out a niche for herself within the looser fringes of Nashville’s increasingly crowded Americana scene, bucking current trends of “outlaw” and throwback country in favor of richly rendered songs that would be minimized by attempts to categorize them.

Ahead of the album’s release, Mancari has shared Good Woman track “Golden.” The track begins on a gentle note before swelling to a sparkling, layered chorus evocative of the song’s bittersweet message.

“When I wrote ‘Golden,’ I was living with a friend who was going through a divorce,” Mancari says. “Although she loved him, they were terrible together. Even still, in moments of kindness, they would come back together and remember why they loved each other. As far as they ran away from each other they came back together until they finally and forever put it away.”

While the song is inspired by the perspective of a friend, it still has deep personal significance for Mancari herself. “The other aspect of the song which is the most personal part, and one that I don’t talk about often, are the lines at the very beginning,” she adds. “I have a dear family member who deals with deep depression and thoughts of suicide. The lines, ‘And you’re living your whole life with your head in a noose,’ and, ‘Oh darling darling won’t you see this thing through,’ are the hardest lines for me to sing on the record.”

Listen to “Golden” below.

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