Beth Bombara is bringing timeless americana in her songs “I Only Cry When I’m Alone” and “Upside Down”, which share a music video with a delightful shift halfway through.
The songs both come off Bombara’s recently released fifth full-length, Evergreen, which finds her polished, lush voice playing among effected guitars worked confidently and with no shortage of groove. “I Only Cry When I’m Alone” has kick, which makes it ideal for beginning the double-feature. Twisting her voice upwards then sliding smooth again, Bombara also plays with fuzzy and bright guitar contrast. When the song shifts into “Upside Down”, the pace blends and the instrumentation shifts into something with more bass line groove and a shimmering guitar solo.
The paired clips let us see two sides of the same artist. In the first half, Bombara plays soulfully in a living room before we see her clad in a gorgeously dramatic white suit/cape/hat combo, then embracing the vibrance of the outside world in glitter and colour. She’s all performer when she hits the stage with her band behind her. In the second clip, we see Bombara take a lower-key role in a wig, armed with a duster-as-microphone. Her band joins in with similarly utilitarian instruments, and it is clear that no matter the circumstances, Beth Bombara knows how to put on a show.