Americana’s popularity has grown of late, and it suits indie-folk singer-songwriter Jim Hanft, who is friendly with fiddle atop his young musical storylines like ice cream over apple pie.
Although the band numbered five, including sweet vocal harmonies from Sam, Jim’s girlfriend’s cousin (oh my), simplicity rules his tunes, highlighting Jim’s creations which intelligently depict love and longing in mainstream, boyish terms.
A pretty animated, socially extroverted character, Jim playfully and sarcastically commanded the room during his Luxury Wafers session. Pair this energy, bordering on mania, with his lyrical content, and the suggestion arises that Hanft may have been the bright teen conjuring trouble in high school, just because. He’s the kind of guy who’s the boss of himself and he’ll damn well go and do anything he puts his mind to. Believe me, he will.
Some of the choice lyrics from this set of songs include, “I’m rolling around the bedroom floor”, “You might change as often as your shoes”, “I’ve been mixing the drinks you’re drinking a little too strong”, “All my friends are strangers, selfish and sad”, and the opening line to Superhero, which totally cracks me up, delivered with a sense of serious sensitivity, “Spreads her legs in her baby blue sundress”.
Jim’s music and his presence are fun, stimulating and engaging. Although the subject matter strays nowhere near comedy, a sense of humor and lightness invisibly assert themselves in Hanft’s songs. His unique and loquacious way took me a minute to understand, but he, like his tunes, possesses an endearing quality. What a relief to skip the pretense of inaccessibly moody artist and get right to enjoying the delight in Jim Hanft’s music.
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