Skirts-Always was written out of heartache.Despite the tension, it leaves the listener with a soothing and gentle calm

photo by Charles Knowles

Alex Montenegro is behind the band, Skirts. She is a young talented songwriter from Dallas, Texas, and even though she has been releasing music since 2017, her latest album Great Big Wild Oak has garnished some serious attention. Her first release from the album was “Always”, a low fi, soft, hazy, dreamer of a song. The melting guitar adds texture and depth to the bittersweetness of the tune. There is a soothing quality to every intonation and a calming feel to the music. Skirts has a real vibe that I am loving right now…a must listen.


“You wanted to mention
That I left a lasting impression
But I watched you walk away
Step into a house that isn’t mine

Take a breather, step to the side
I look for you in every eye
I turn left when the light is red
I hope it’s you who slams on the brake

Can’t always be the right one for them”


Here is my select song for you this week.

Sometimes it can be powerful to look back.This song sends me back to a pleasurable, thoughtful moment in time, and I bet it will send you there too.


Emily Sprague of Florist writes poetry and accompanies it with music. She bears her heart in her sing-speak style and as you listen you find it to be ‘deep in her diary’ personal, and yet it also strikes a chord because it seems oddly universal.  Along with her intimate songs, you have to respect her counterparts, Rick Spataro, Jonnie Baker, and Felix Walworth who accompany each song with a substantially important musical addition. “Vacation” is just one sparkly gem in the ‘mine’ of  loveliness found on the EP Holdly, which arrived on October 30 via Double Double Whammy.

“Holdly examines things we hold dear, things that hold us, and things we hold ourselves to,” Sprague told FADER over email. “Holdly remains calm all while realizing, living with, and wholly accepting the sad and beautiful life that every one of us experiences.”