Freewood - Talanzias
Folk-life has never been very rewarding, so for Micah Lashbrook to put this together, the drive must go deep. But it's songs like “Black Swan Song” that prove this is is merely a matter of rhythms locked up inside.
“Black Swan Song” is purely instrumental, and regardless is probably the stand-out song. Not because of the lack of vocals, just because of the chord atmosphere that gives an imprint. “I'm Waiting For You” has a bluesy acousti-funk feel and comes off clear. Even the following track “Satellites” has more of a traditional 'hook', very much a glam-acoustic draw.
Another track designed to grab your attention more shallowly is “Layne Staley” where the lyrics are without shrewd or surprise and the guitars are more groggy than grungy. The lead track “Common Goals” has a bit of a Caribbean feel, and fairly enjoyable. Track three, “Thought I Was A Gun” is probably another standout track, though the lead vocalist's tone may vaguely remind you of Darius Rucker.
Though not many sings or instrumentation's leave a lasting impression, the melody is there, are you a fan? There's a solid-effort here, but there's no identity, I hope to hear more of a unique brand from these guys next time around.
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