At what admittedly was almost a pass I’m glad I stayed for the glory that is three-part harmony, particularly that of the fairer sex. All the fancy pickin’ and chord hoppin’ is fancy, and it sure is fun when done right, but the vocals are the capitulation, the brains of the operation so to type. Not to say those progressions and riffs aren’t a stroke of genius, okay, even fills are cool too; but nothing soothes like a well-sung song.
That said enter New Reveille and their effort The Keep on Loud & Proud Records out this Friday, September 7th. A record that has me reminiscent the remnants of charcoaled grill droppings and a fast fleeting break from the colder elements—a soundtrack to end your summer. A tremendously pristine record with nary a flaw aimed high at the country radio charts and honestly, I hope they hit their mark. I tend to stay on the grimier side of the fence musically, as in mostly broken equipment and a hell, let’s do this anyway attitude. Perhaps I’m softening as I stand to enter yet another decade of life but this is a quality offering of true roots music for the new age. Simple yet elegant, savory and emoting, the best stuff to shed a tear to. Take notes mainstream country, there is a happy medium, reenter the New Reveille out of Raleigh, North Carolina.
“Way To You” is a particularly satisfying morsel of tear-jerk, those harmonies will get you every damn time, trust me, I’m a professional. “Only Promised Land” is another breath taker as is the introductory single and record opener “Hounds”. The instrumentation is supple and strategically woven, a minimalists dream. No overtly ostentatious solos or one trying to out Americana the other. Strip it down and produce the hell out of it was the path chosen, and it pays in droves. A wholesome and beautiful collection of thirteen killer songs that will undoubtedly have some major legs under it by the time the colder months crash into us again.