CD review: Bombadil – Metrics of Affection
Daringly different, unique, quirky, and intelligent are just a few descriptions that come to mind upon hearing this quartet of multi-instrumental artists’ newest collection, “Metrics of Affection”. From the achingly beautiful “Have Me”, the beseeching, questioning “What Does It Mean”, to the lilting, humorous “When We are Both Cats” and the quiet wisdom speaking in “Thank You”, the album seems to traverse every emotional facet of life with music.
First impression of their music is fun and frivolity. One finds, however, upon closer attention to the lyrics, that there is a deep, somewhat jaded, emotional side to these musicians, more so than their band name suggests. With sometimes almost painful lines telling of heartbreak, loss and despair, combined with rather catchy, upbeat tempos in some of the tracks, tossing in a bit of humor and cynicism, this original group has come up with an interesting recipe for some truly wonderful music. “One More Ring” and the ever so clever “Escalators” are prime examples of the fruits of this combination.
Storytellers by nature, Bombadil shines in this regard with the songs “Born at Five” and “Whaling Vessel”, depicting the highs and lows of life with an almost bard-like quality. Along with this, these musically intuitive fellows have tossed in some wry, humorous songs as well. “Boring Country Song”, “Angeline”, and “Isn’t It Funny” are a few examples of their somewhat cynical, witty lyricism.
There are stunning a cappella bits in some of the tracks that more than prove to all listening that, Hey, these guys can REALLY sing. Also heard in almost every tune is their prowess as the true musicians they are, but none more so than the lovely piano solo that is “Patience Is Expensive”.
Succulently dripping with thirteen tracks, the avid music listener, as well as the not so avid, will all find something to like in this soon to be released bundle of musical goodness. There is a noted complex simplicity in their work, that garners a close watch and listen as this band of four musical geniuses are sure to go far, fast.
Look for “Metrics of Affection”, due to be released July 23, 2013.