Janet Batch is irresistibly melancholic on "Radio"

Today, Rust Belt crooner Janet Batch stomps her boots onto the pages of EARMILK with "Radio," a slow, deliberate country tune packed with poignant vocals that echo long after the song ends.

Batch, who describes her sound as "one part Stevie Nicks, two parts Johnny Cash," brings some serious Kill Bill Vol. 2/Hateful Eight energy on "Radio," a Spaghetti Western sounding ditty accented by an affecting acoustic guitar and eerie whistles. Batch exudes a forlorn vibe on "Radio" thanks to potent, economical storytelling that illustrates the struggles of loving an artist. She wrings every last syllable from her lyrics to haunting effect—it's hard not to feel the despair when she laments, "You wanted empty and I / Gave you more empty than you could stand."

"Radio" is a single off Batch's forthcoming album, You Be The Wolf, due for release on October 29th. Stylistically, "Radio" isn't entirely representative of the album's other tracks; Batch and her versatile four-piece band can also waltz and two-step with the best of 'em.

Like "Radio," what you can expect from each of the project's ten tracks is deft songwriting borne of seventies and eighties country, along with memorable characters and stories delivered by an equally unforgettable voice.

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