Cory Williams’ new album, Bird Mouth, is a love letter and a eulogy to love lost. Written after a breakup and in the early days of a new relationship, the Indianapolis born, Austin based musician chronicles the ups and downs of new loves and old lives building and discentegrating with the precision of our best storytellers. He’s Townes Van Zandt, if the lonely troubadour found a collective of collaborators. He’s Hiss Golden Messenger airlifted from the North Carolina hills into the heart of Austin, Texas. The comparisons fit, but above all, Cory Williams is simply himself. His tales are quiet but they sneak up with after-shock impacts that last for days. On Bird Mouth, each song rings with hope and the confident desperation of Williams’ voice. He’s sure of himself, but willing to admit mistakes―the rare artist both aware of his vulnerabilities and actively working to move past them.