I cannot stop listening to this record. I bought it based solely on hearing Little Lion Man on Youtube, but a full listening reveals that there really isn’t a bad song here. It is very rare for me to have an album’s worth of songs embedded so deeply in my head that I hear them everywhere I go, a soundtrack to my entire day. There’s something plaintive and pained in these songs, but that feeling is also uplifted by a soaring sense of understanding of the world, and of self, and of the heart. This is pub music, love songs, philosophical rambles, pure poetry and cool folk pop rock all rolled together. Hot damn.
It’s not like I’m on the cutting edge by finding these guys at this point, with them having been playing for four years or so already, but I really wish I had heard of them sooner, just so I could’ve had these songs in my player that much sooner. This feels like one of those old classic records, one that people acknowledge over time as one of the Important Ones That Matter. But the bonus for us is that we get to recognize it Now!
There are a ton of comparisons to other bands I hear here, like if Paddy Casey or David Gray sang for Spirit Of The West or Great Big Sea and had Dave Matthews Band along for the ride, and some of the instrumental runs and slower songs remind clearly of the cool backing tracks on, of all things, Sting’s Ten Summoners Tales. And there are many others too, but it does a true disservice to these (clearly) superlative musicians to say anything other than they are themselves, fully, and they shouldn’t sound any other way. Their energy, passion, intelligence and infectiousness are the best thing I’ve heard in ages, the best New Record By A New-To-Me Band that I’ve brought home in a long time.