Single of the week: Darci Phenix – Wishbone review

by Philip Moss

Like an autumnal stroll through the trailer parks of Wyoming, or the forests of her now home in the Pacific Northwest, Darci Phenix’s new single, Wishbone, hits like the aroma of a swarm of Douglas firs – enveloping you in its infinite beauty.

Over soft, fingerpicked chords that bring to mind 1995’s self-titled Elliott Smith LP, and a voice that recalls Florist’s Emily A. Sprague, the first taste from Phenix’s upcoming second record – also titled Wishbone – was born from 90,000 words of throwaway poems, and countless solo camping adventures. But out of those endless scrolls, the Sacramento native has a knack for saying the perfect thing over the perfect chord at the absolute perfect moment. And being the first single since her debut record, 2017’s The Blue PeriodWishbone – out now on Team Love Records – truly is a wondrous return.

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