It's been a while since I've had the time, availability and stamina to offer any decent blog ponderings. A terrible shame considering some of the incredible music I've come across over the hectic last couple months. This week I hope to get up a couple of reviews.
Since Good Friday , I've been steadily engrossed with Brett's first full-length record. Relying on deft production and stout playing by some of the Triangle's most talented dudes (along with a guest appearance by Brooklyn dudette Annie (sans Beekeepers)), Harris comes out of the LP gate strong with a set of sophisticated pop tunes.
I Found Out opens summer every bit as much as it opens the album. Its hopeful and epiphanic tone continues with the Abbey Road-esque album track Something Beautiful. The song's gentle melody and vinyl character offer 52 seconds and then a gripping ellipsis...
For such a beautifully cohesive album, perhaps both the sonic outlier and the centerpiece is the lilting country harmony, Unspoken. In a way, this track wrests the record's mood from the pubs of 60's Liverpool back to the PBR-swilling bars of Carrboro, where it was made. Brett proves that he can hold his own around venues and listeners well-acquainted with the broken-hearted ballads made recently popular by acts like Whiskeytown and Tres Chicas.
Other stand-outs include the groovy Viva la Vida-styled Perpetual Motion, the title-track, and the Oh Darling re-rendered blues number Over and Over.