Kindred Spirits, by Carrie Newcomer

June 19, 2013

This collection draws on Carrie New­comer’s dozen releases on Rounder, adding two new tracks that continue in her tradition of exploring spiritual dimensions in everyday life. Newcomer’s gentle alto welcomes the listener with more warmth than a cappuccino. On one of the new songs, “The Speed of Soul,” she takes us on a whirlwind trip in which we meet a homeless girl, shuffle through stacks of meaningless e-mails, and join her lament that “We’re gathering crumbs and stones / Been traveling faster than our souls can go.”