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Review of “Time & Age” by Olivia Dyer
From the truth-telling troubadours of Big House Church’s creative community in Norfolk, VA, comes Olivia Dyer, part folk singer, part storyteller. Her full length album, Time & Age is a shoebox of memories, hopes, and lessons learned. Dyer is sentimental; several tracks feature the unpolished but authentic voices of friends and family. Her album art includes the floral design of her mother’s wallpaper and her fellow creatives are friends so close they could be blood related. It’s this theme that continues throughout, the attention to the little things that make her who she is. There’s a graciousness in her lyrics, from the acknowledgement of her weakness to the security of the profound wisdom and heritage she’s received to the questions she’s still working out. Olivia recorded her album with Everett Hardin at Red Yeti Audio in Boone, NC. Everett is known for his work with artists like Benjamin James and John Lucas. Dyer’s voice is lacy, delicate, precise. To the followers of Sean Feucht it might seem familiar; that’s because she was featured on Messengers’ track Making Melody. She knows herself and what she can do- there’s not a struggle to conform to the belting powerhouse persona many female vocalists …