If you don’t know Joel Plaskett, I don’t really know where to begin. A quintessential Canadian singer/songwriter from Nova Scotia, Joel Plaskett has been putting out consistently good albums for over ten years. Sometimes recording by himself and sometimes with the Emergency, his albums find a balance between acoustic and electric, fast and slow, self-deprecation and sincerity. For his latest album, Scrappy Happiness, Joel recorded and released a song every week over ten weeks, and ultimately put them together. The album was longlisted for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize.
“I’m Yours” is the seventh song off Scrappy Happiness, and a personal favourite. I first heard it 2 years ago when he played it live on his last tour through Kingston. While initially played with the full band, it’s been stripped down to just vocals and acoustic guitar. It’s a great tune, pretty simple and bare, just a straight up acoustic love song. But if you really listen to it there’s some great lyrical imagery going on, and deceptively skillful guitar work. Is it really mellow? Yes. Pretty sentimental? Yup. But a great tune nonetheless!