After playing a captivating rendition of “Morning” for us deep in the woods, Abi Reimold also tackled an Elliott Smith classic. By stripping “Everything Means Nothing To Me” to its bones and artfully rearranging them, she gave the indubitably sad tune a whole new life and even a sense of hope.
Where Smith’s original embodies a darkness in simplicity, Reimold’s version thickens into a lush layers that fill the forest with haunting harmonies. Filmmaker Bob Sweeney did an excellent job of paralleling the isolation of the lyrics in colorless flashes of a hooded Reimold as her loops slowly pile atop one another.
As we have mentioned previously, we were introduced to Reimold and her gift for songwriting at Walla Fest, a local yearly festival and collective aimed at spotlighting young talent. We have found so many great bands on their lineups and are sad to say they only have one show left. Abi Reimold is on the bill and so are our friends Straw Hats. If you haven’t made it out to a Walla Fest yet (or even if you have), you really shouldn’t miss this one. You can find more about Walla Fest’s last hurrah here.