The opening track of Tony Furtado's 2015 release The Bell (Yousayfurtado Records), titled "Broken Bell," builds with a buzzing mixture of baritone ukulele, slide guitar and fiddle until Furtado's voice breaks in: "Tolling low has cracked my shell/ Don't waste your hammer on a broken bell." The remainder of the song is a hypnotic blend of slow-step beats underpinning the kind of simmering, frenetic string work that evokes a low-burning prairie fire.
The Bandcamp writeup for the song states "a good bell is forged and hardened, hammered and pealed, sometimes cracked. But its voice is loud and unmistakable, reverberating from the inside out."
The blurb could also stand as a description of Portland, Ore.-based Furtado himself—a veteran of the indie folk, alt rock and Americana genres whose voice is, indeed, unmistakable.