This is not a time for rocking but these guys didn’t get the memo and they are up in the retro blues rock journey. After coming out swinging they switch up into a piano driven midtempo thing for the second tune, Beverly. The singer is neither a macho cock rocker nor a sensitive loverboy, he’s just doing his thing. Solid sounds and overall standard old school rock business.
I try to peep Thrill Jockey releases as they release a wide variety of stuff. BTW, all today’s listens come from an All Music notable release email from 2018. The first tune evokes aspects of Bob Dylan’s Time Out of Mind. Ambient, low profile, lush and a bit melancholy. Also a little bit of John Lennon in his voice. The second tune moves a bit folkier with a female singer added to the mix. I liked the guitar intro to the third tune, The March, best of what I heard but I like this.
Blurbed as adventurous psych pop by Apple Music it is an orchestra’s worth of instruments in this opener and a wide mix. Ms. Echo Chamber’s voice is presented as a slightly whispery and dreamy vibe but with a bit of a nod to late ’60s California Mamas and Papas. The second tune relies more on an electric guitar part but it does get flourished with all sorts of bits and pieces and chunks of vocals. I like the driving bassline and the extra bits and pieces of the third tune, Desert Horse, best of what I heard. My positivity towards it fades with the processed vocal parts.
From Australia where rock and guitars are still enjoyed the first tune, An Air Conditioned Man. comes out briskly while being sophisticated. There’s a little bit of Squeeze and the Coral and Jakob Dylan and a lot of other rock bands coming through in these tunes. Very good energy and commitment from these guys. Lots of guitars with driving melodies through it, lower profile singer and a pumping drummer. Not a bad record for people with jobs.
YTD recordings listened to: 82
Good music, not list worthy: 46
Not good music: 36
Honorable Mentions: 0
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