Melaena Cadiz, “Needles River”

Laura Leebove

By Laura Leebove

Managing Editor
on 03.12.14 in Listen to This

In Melaena Cadiz’s warm, reflective track “Needles River,” from her forthcoming LP Deep Below Heaven, the Brooklyn-based songwriter paints a picture of a river running through the desert, with the “tallest sky [she's] ever seen” and heaven extending in all directions. The sound fits the setting, too: a steady banjo pattern, suspended cymbals and what might be a lap-steel guitar, topped with Cadiz’s strong Ani DiFranco-channeling alto that goes between chanting and belting.