Germany-based, Boston-raised singer/songwriter Maryanna Devlin has announced her forthcoming debut LP, A Great Many Things, due out on September 30th, with the release of its first single, “Manchester By The Sea.” “Manchester-by-the-Sea is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, filled with sprawling private estates and private roads,” Devlin says of the scenic escape located in her home state of Massachusetts. “I think this song was a way for me to gain access to this idyllic seaside town that is really only reserved for the elite.”
In A Great Many Things, Devlin presents a richly textured, more expansive version of her signature organic, acoustic sound. Many of the tracks on this refined and sharply reflective indie-Americana collection feature a full band backing Devlin’s distinctly smooth vocals. The tracks, all written and composed by Devlin, are steeped in family and personal history, with lyrical themes exploring large temporal concepts like lineage, memory as a means of time travel, and the movement of time itself. Throughout the album, Devlin considers how we are connected and disconnected by its passing. From the first track, “Gary, Indiana”—a wistful, lilting ballad layered with acoustic guitar and haunting vocal harmonies—to the gently melancholic maritime ballad “Manchester by the Sea,” A Great Many Things contains an authentic variety of deeply human feeling.
Sound-wise, the album spans an equally broad emotional spectrum, with moments of somber introspection in the vein of Elliot Smith and Townes Van Zandt juxtaposed with passages of bright and graceful ease; Devlin’s elegantly emotive vocals fall somewhere between Emmylou Harris’s mellow drawl and the raw purity of indie-pop artist Mirah.