If someone were to ask me how I would describe Ohio natives, September Stories, I would say Melodic Spoken Word. Vocalist, Andrew Baughman, has a voice that has resonated with many fans, including myself, like no other. The lyrics pack a powerful and emotional punch while still seeming to mend the emotional wounds you carry.
Like mentioned, it has a very melodic tone that makes the whole sequence of notes fluent. Putting your headphones in and putting on this music is something that can transport you to a room where you can see the music moving around you. Their music has so much care, heart, and passion in it that is unable to be ignored.
2016 release, Unopened Letter, begins with the title track and eases you into the journey you are about to take. My personal favorite element of this music is the choice of words. Now, to most, this wouldn't seem like a big deal, but it makes all the difference. “The ink that I've spilled onto this sheet is stained with the guilt you carried”. The unique minds of September Stories create a sequence of words that makes listening to their music incredibly soothing.
One of the most popular of the Unopened Letter track listing is Obsession. “Obsession deals with OCD and different anxieties that myself, and some of my band mates, have.” Baughman explains, “Regret deals with how my mother and I had to move houses after my father had left, and all of the troubles of leaving that house I had called home.”
When hearing Baughman’s statement, I notice the phrase “deals with..”. Each song does “deal with” something, and as cliché as this is, it makes the music relatable. It touches your soul in new way by someone sharing their life and stories with you that you just might be dealing with as well.
Each member has a sweet smile and warm, comforting tone when you talk to them or see them perform. They are a band that you feel like you've been friends with for years. They are a band I give my seal of approval to and I wish the all the success they desire.
Do yourself a favor and listen to “Unopened Letter” on Spotify for yourself.
Written by Olivia Mayes