Safe Passage

Safe Passage is the follow-up to 2018’s Coyote, which Rolling Stone Country called “dreamy folk with a good balance of sadness and sunshine.” From the start of Safe Passage’s gentle opener, Abney draws a line between himself and the expectations of others. “I just want to feel good,” he sings softly, setting the tone for the album’s cyclical narrative, a ten-song exploration of happiness and self-acceptance and grace. This introspection continues and bleeds heavy on the album’s lead single, “Turn Again." It’s a subtly catchy and elegant track written about the loss of a good friend and the self-sabotaging habits to which we all fall.