Photo: Kent Lacin
California singer-songwriter Richard March recently released his new single/music video, “Let The Winter Come,” the title track from his upcoming fourth album.
Talking about the album, March says, “This album has wanted to come out for a long time. It started in my home studio and was delayed by my time in the Peace Corps and then by the pandemic. It was finally the right time to finish it and release it.”
March’s songs explore social commentary, aspirational self-talk, compassion, and impressionistic descriptions of his beloved Bay Area hometown, and the many lives he’s lived.
Recorded and engineered by Matt Baxter, mixed by Justin Farren, and mastered by Eric Broyhill, “Let The Winter Come” features March (vocals, guitar), Tyler Ragle (bass, vocals), Steve Randall (guitar), Brian Steckler (piano, organ), Larry Schiavone (drums), and Charlie Serrano (drums).
Originally from the Bay Area of California, and now based in Sacramento, “Let The Winter Come” reveals March’s longing for his favorite time of the year. At once nostalgic and introspective, the song’s lyrics bare profound emotions.
“Give me naked trees / Through a sunrise / Show me evergreens / On a mountainside / They whisper in the wind / Ancient holy hymns / Let the winter come /Help me breath again.”
March explains, “Those feelings only became stronger after I moved to Sacramento, which barely has a spring, and where summer starts earlier and earlier and stretches later and later.”
“Let The Winter Come” opens on an intro flavored by a sparkling piano and a guitar, followed by gentle, low-slung tones topped by March’s evocative, heartfelt vocals. Layers of gleaming, tender harmonics give the melody rippling, undulating coloration, while the rhythm injects the piano-driven tune with a peaceful flow.
Drenched in the wistful timbres of the rich, delicious voice of Richard March, “Let The Winter Come” is both alluring and elegant.