Song of the Week: Esther Rose – “Sex and Magic”

Ambling along.

Folk musician Esther Rose’s new song, “Sex and Magic,” is a perfect anthem for a lazy summer afternoon. Over gentle acoustic strums and a fiddle that weaves its own intricate dance, the New Orleans songwriter sings beautifully with a sense of love and desire. If you’re out on your balcony, a deck or a dock, throw this tune on. It’s a sure-fire way to get people slow-dancing.

Rose said the song brought her back to last year, when she was just out of a long-term relationship, staring out the window and writing a few days before Valentine’s Day. She said about the track, “People have told me that this song makes them feel nostalgic in a way they can’t explain. We don’t have a great English equivalent, but in Portuguese they say ‘saudade’ — a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves.”

“Sex and Magic” will appear on You Made It This Far, out on Aug. 23 via Father/Daughter Records.