It's the guitar riff that catches you first: soft, soulful, vulnerable. Then the lyrics kick in: "We all have scars / every love leaves a mark / secrets we don't want to impart / so we stay on guard." So begins "Scars," the opening song on Passenger, a captivating new album from singer-songwriter Cygne (pronounced "seen"), a longtime Santa Cruz resident. But Cygne, aka Laura Meyer, isn't exactly local much of the time. For most of the last decade she's been on the road throughout the U.S., and her music is filled with imagery of our landscapes, and mirrors into our souls. Passenger, released May 5, also marks an evolution for Meyer—she's no longer shouting into the wind, angry at the world. She is wiser, and her spellbinding voice invites us to share in that wisdom: "Don’t ask me where I’m going / Come along and walk with me.” [DS]

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