Review of Mary Lynn’s “Familiar Things & Places”


Columbus, OH-based singer-songwriter Mary Lynn Gloeckle (@songsbymarylynn) wrote, co-performed on, and co-produced her latest full-length Familiar Things & Places. Mary Lynn put her heart and soul into each of the ten tracks on the record. The types of songs featured on the album should be required listening on a gloomy, rainy day. The music remains positive, even if the subject matter is not. If one is ever in a bad mood, this is the album to turn a frown upside down.


“Often” is a brilliant selection as an introduction to the album. It is the shortest song on the record, however, it is the sweetest and would make for a great theme song for a quirky TV series. Another standout track is “Only Human”, perhaps one of the more up-tempo tunes on Familiar Things & Places. If there was a track to make headway on alternative or adult rock radio, this is the one.


Mary Lynn is a very unique songwriter and the two artists she might be compared to the most are Ingrid Michaelson and Zooey Deschanel. “Time To Spare” sounds like it could have been written by either one of those established stars, but Mary Lynn beat them to it. This song and “Isn’t It Pretty?” have indie romcom soundtrack written all over them, and that is a good thing. Whether Mary Lynn wants her music to be licensed for such use is up to her as she is clearly making the kind of music she wants to make and it sounds like she is having a good time doing it.


Several of the albums tracks might be ballads and that is perfectly fine. That is the beauty of indie music in that an artist can write, perform, and record music on their terms.  For the dancers out there, there is another tune that is a bit more upbeat and has a toe-tapping vibe to it.  “Charlotte & Bob” is a personal favorite and is a must-listen as it bridges the gap between the slower, stripped down tracks and the songs on caffeine.  “Happy” is another sped up song that lives up to its title for sure.  Another point to make about the record as a whole is that it is family-friendly music.  These are the kinds of tracks that can be played during family road trips and youngsters can enjoy the sweet, uplifting sounds of Mary Lynn. There is not much cool music out there that is suitable for minors, but Mary Lynn’s masterpiece is an exception to this.


Indie music aficionados need to keep a look out for Mary Lynn and take a chance on “Familiar Things & Places”. She is already gaining a lot of steam this year. She was the winner of a battle of the bands competition for the privilege to perform in front of thousands at a concert headlined by highly regarded major label artists. Remember the name because this is going to be a breakout year. She already has a tremendous LP working in her favor.


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