Vertigo /// Jacob Rountree

Nature has a profound way of promoting a sense of healing. As opposed to the bewildering chaos propagated by man, there is calm in the order that the environment brings forth. Folk music is synonymous with being at home with Mother Earth and uses it as a platform for our relationships with our fellow passengers on this spinning blue marble. Bozeman, Montana’s Jacob Rountree has tapped into the sensory realm of nature in the form of a love song entitled “Vertigo.” 

In order to achieve his desired effect of nature taking the wheel, Rountree lets the melody do all the talking with how pleasingly disorienting it sounds. You feel the melody revolving about with each turn of acoustic flair. If you listen closely enough, you can almost hear the faint echoes of the natural world calling out from underneath it all. Altogether, this melody is a reminder that no matter how much we want to press pause on a moment, the Earth will keep spinning forward through time. Whether we like it or not, we are along for the ride.

Rountree sets the scene for the tale of two wayward lovers with a celestial map. “Find me under the same sky” is the resonating calling card that he leaves behind for his missing partner. Looking up to find the same constellations in the same exact locations as his fond memories provide, Rountree searches for the precise spot in time when he felt their love the most. 

Rountree leaves us with heavenly calls of “vertigo” that echo out against the vastness of his majestic melody. All the while on “Vertigo” we are soothed by being delightfully discombobulated by round after round of sweet, atmospheric melodies. You will be immersed in the natural world and be reinvigorated within.

Written by Travis Boyer





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