Ismay is a folk project driven by American singer-songwriter and folk artist, Avery Hellman. Its provenance lies in a naturalistic rhythm and gentleness. Hailing from Northern California, they draw from a lifestyle of taming horses, birthing lambs, and escaping wildfires. Their work is mellow with colorful narratives and a home-grown sound. In their latest release, Stranger in the Barn, Ismay blends folk acoustics with a wispy vocal terrain to evoke a distinct nostalgia and mystique in the listener. Listeners of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and the like are sure to enjoy the work of Ismay.

The track is built on flowing rivulets of acoustic strings. It sets a loose rhythm, lending the vocals a freedom to cultivate worlds and frolic through the harmony. Listening to the track inspires frames of rustic and idyllic landscapes and slow lives in the mind. Avery’s sopranic narrations of Stranger in the Barn contain intricate details of the culture and heritage that she has inherited from her grandfather. She paints a portrait flush with imagery and emotion that stays with us.

The track is available for streaming on popular sites like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, and Amazon Music!

You can listen to Stranger in the Barn by Ismay here –