What does it sound like?:
“It’s very Laurel Canyon” commented my friend Feedback File. He’s right. You can feel the California sun, see the dust in the air on Lookout Mountain Avenue, smell the bakery in the Country Store. I was less satisfied with his last album which I felt didn’t have the songs, and his gig last year was marred by atrocious sound, but this is the real deal.
You can probably imagine the sound pallet – acoustic guitars, quiet drums, quiet, unhurried vocals, but the extra lift is given by some lush pedal steel, gorgeous flute and bluegrass legend Mark O’Conner on fiddle and acoustic guitar adding some dazzle.
The songs are melodic, mostly (but not all) reflective and are above all joyous. It’s an album that makes me relax, smile, forget the frankly shit state of things at the moment and, yes, watching the video below I also shed a tear.
Good vibes flow throughout and you can imagine that even the cicadas credited on one track were having a fine old time.
What does it all *mean*?
Personally I need music to enhance a mood, whether up or down (usually one being the inverse of the other) and at the moment I need some good vibes and a bit of corny old sincerity. This ticks my box.
Goes well with…
Currently, sitting back and trying not to think too hard.
Might suit people who like…
West Coast, Jackson Browne, CSN, Joni etc.