On December 22nd, 2015, singer/songwriter Allison Veltz released her highly anticipated new EP, The White Room. The project meant more to Veltz than just her next EP, she worked hard to even get the opportunity to make it, as part of Rockethub/Ovation TV crowdfunding campaign for “A&E’s Project Startup.” The EP, named after a white room in Veltz’s Nashville home, is a beautiful representation of what a songwriter can do on their own when simply given the right tools. More than that, it’s a stunning piece of music.
The musician, who frequents Nashville’s Song Suffragette show that happens every Monday night at The Listening Room, brings folky songwriter with subtle and understated bluegrass undertones to every moment of The White Room. Her voice, lofty and meandering, reminds me of another popular Alison. Last name Krauss. Veltz has a way of capturing emotion that is both artistically beautiful and authentically tender. On songs like “Round” you can feel the loneliness dissipating as the melody crashes over each and every heartbreaking lyric and chord. It aches with every twist and turn, allowing listeners this 3 minutes and 45 seconds to internalize her turmoil.
And while she does pain well, she does anger and revenge even better on the snarky “Kiss Him Goodbye.” Wronged and angry about it, she paints the picture of a night on a town that’s only purpose is to forget the man that hurt her. It’s one of those songs that allows her penchant as a storyteller to shine big and bright, and it’s one of the many highlights on 5 track EP. The romantic “Wasn’t Over Yet” shines a light on uncertainty, while the live version of “Home to You” showcases exactly what Veltz is capable of even in a live setting while solidifying that she’s no savior to a distant lover.
Acoustically pleasing, she caps the record with “Long Time Coming,” a track that brings uplifting closure to the moments of pain and uncertainty that are scattered across the EP. It’s a story in-and-of itself, leaving a trail of hurt that leads to moments of great joy. When all of the songs fit perfectly into a story, it’s impossible not to give it a repeat listen (a few dozen times).
Be sure to pick-up a copy of the album and let me know what you think. You’ll find my favorite track below: