To first meet Megan Bouman, the face and voice of Midwest Ohio’s Wreck Like Me, a beacon of positivity and optimism seems to emanate. The same can be said for the booming choruses and pop melodies that ring out from her fiery, gospel-infused songs. Swept up in the grandeur, you might even miss, if you weren’t listening close enough, the undercurrents of heartbreak. Bouman says that her songs are “essentially a journal”, a memoir of pain and belief and confusion. Throughout her debut release, Time Goes On, recorded with the Blue Winter’s Aaron Troyer and a number of stellar musicians, there are confessions of pain, of doubt, of fear, but never without an unwavering hope that maybe, just maybe, reconciliation lies just ahead. It’s probably why her moniker, Wreck Like Me—a reference to the hymn “Amazing Grace”—fits so well. Grace, is truly amazing, but how wretched we often feel regardless. Her powerful, oftentimes cathartic album is available wherever you stream music.