By Miles Raymer
Updated November 07, 2014 at 06:53 PM EST
Credit: Carey Braswell

Tom Brosseau calls the song “Roll Along With Me” the standout representative track of his new LP Perfect Abandon. Recorded with one microphone on “a vacant theater stage in Bristol, UK” with PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish, its stripped-down arrangements and expertly unpolished production give plenty of room for Brosseau’s featherlight folky melodies and intimately narrative lyrics.

“A simple riff that came about while watching a baseball documentary,” he says of the song. “Old habit, really. Practicing acoustic guitar in front of the television set. I like to visit San Diego. My good friend Gregory Page lives there, and when I do go for a visit I take the train, which parallels the Pacific Ocean. Speed, bodies in the sun, bodies in the moonlight, California towns along the way, beach, the vast sea. Not all the time but some this is how I escape from the world and when I escape that’s when things happen. Many things in life can be solved. It all starts with observing.”