An interesting back catalogue and associated musical projects discovers a sound creator with many facets. For the forthcoming album the thread of the songs is based on completion of material from end to end prior to adding adornments, which for me at least, generates honest music from the heart which necessarily adds genuine value to the weave of the world – ergo music, however the world is full of different ideas and sounds written to a formula is what most find comforting on their ears, sadly.
From the forthcoming release – Lift Your Head – an emotional contemplation of dealing with forlorn circumstance.
The English acoustic-rock creator Seán McGowan released the LP Son Of The Smith on the 11th.
The bakers dozen track album is an eclectic mix of material which combines story telling, acoustic guitar and blended rock to deliver a roughly fifty minutes LP which keeps the listener held steadfast.
Nate Utely predominately creates music which has an undertow of quiet melancholia as the notes of the guitar ebb and flow around the emotionally laden vocal though the most recent track to surface – A Million Songs – is of a more sprightly nature than previous material with a more upbeat mood than to be expected by taking a listen to the back catalogue.
Time will tell if this is a new direction of travel or a one off showcase of a broader song-writing skill set.
The English acoustic rock band Narrow Plains release the single I Should’ve Known on the 2nd of February.
A sprightly rock’n’roll number that has the listener stepping through the room in good humour.
Their signature sound of acoustic guitar always lends the music by Narrow Plains a sense of the roots of rock. The backbone is provided by the surrounding electric guitars that create the depth of the compositions with percussion, in this instance, generating the trotting tempo bringing I Should’ve Known alive while the vocal conducts the direction of travel and over all architecture.
I merely hope it isn’t another two years before I come back to Narrow Plains.
The US acoustic-rock quartet Comstock released the EP These Days on the 30th of December.
The music is layered in curled-blues and southern-folk through which Comstock create songs that have a warming, slightly retrospective feel, in which the listener stretches their limbs and bathe in the soft-light.
Whilst the songs themselves are becalming on the ears, there is much going on inside the compositions as acoustic and electric guitar flow around each other with bass and drum generating the solid structure which creates the space for the vocal to deliver its bewitching presence. Additional instrumentation is deployed within individual pieces as appropriate.
My pick of the release (which is available directly from the Comstock website) being the first of the four and title – These Days.