Colorado singer/songwriter Thomas Hine’s latest CD Forgive My Future (2013) is a modern folk album with that which is reminiscent of the sixties. The new film LLewyn Davis comes to mind. I can picture Hine in a smoky folk club rendering these songs to a captive audience. The lyrics overall are thought provoking, at times a little hard to follow, but overall insightful. The recording has a homespun sound to it, but that is not a bad thing. The production is not overdone. It’s more a raw project with all kinds of palatable spices—tremolo from a lilting mandolin, cello, the xylophone, softly-strummed or finger-plucked guitar, and creative backing vocals that tease the listener’s ears, especially in Ploughman, almost a lullaby with overtones of another male voice ad-libbing lines or doubling the lead. The effect is unspoiled realness. Dance for Days begins the album. It’s a song about time, things that slip away, things you try to hold onto, and waiting. “I’d like to have it all in a day but you make me wait.” Following is a great piece of storytelling found in the tale of an old West desperado Owen. Tomorrow I Have My Doubts is a transcendent piece. The narrator declares, “I should go back and retrieve the things I had to leave in haste as I took that train out when I was yielding.” There’s lots of unassuming poetic speculation here, as in other tracks. Hine is a thoughtful observer of life, love, and characters that he has woven into his narratives with a delicacy that is almost sleepy at times—the makings of the perfect album for the insomniac or the dreamer.