As a fan of Kid Mud, Built To Spill, Smashing Pumpkins, The Pixies, there’s something about this sort of performance & this style of songwriting that just connects so naturally & authentically.
This sort of creative work deserves to be & is indeed the most effective when it is listened to in full. You don’t need multiple sources to make up an escapism or meditation playlist when you have something that has been so considerately & skillfully crafted.
This collaboration between Canary Islands’ producer Sabina Dream & Connecticut’s Siete Plagas just oozes those easy going summer vibes – the sort we’ve been craving as we turn the corner away from the colder months.
Tom Esch brings together the energy & guitar work of indie-rock anthems, and the emotionally heart-felt expression of a solo singer-songwriter, with his latest single.
The underlying concept is one of a sheer love of music, regardless of audience size or recognition, and that in itself is something worth appreciating. The song is set to inspire.
The music is powerful, floating along somewhere between indie-pop & trip-hop, keeping the mood light initially but offering just enough of that crispness – the edge of the beat, the evolving sense of weight.
Given Brad Geiger’s extensive experience & musical influences, this album as a complete collection is quite precisely the eclectic & colourful project you’d hope for, and yet it’s really also nothing like you’d expect.
Rather than appearing as a simple performance over a beat, there’s a subtle feeling of these two aspects working in unison, so you get a confident & smooth vibe from it all. Dexxin does what he does & makes certain you hear it.
The music grabs you, this meeting of the piano, the guitars, the organic drum-line, and not least of all that part delicate part mighty leading voice – all of this in unison creates precisely the sort of escapism that music fans so often turn to.
There seem to be equal parts melancholy & optimism, which is interesting, and ultimately very real & true to each of our own lives as we navigate around existence.
The only thing that would potentially top playing this at full volume as you dive deeper into Friday night would be a live show from Billy Roberts & the Rough Riders.
Hassan Bin Rashid has a pure & natural connection to music & it’s a joy to witness him in his element like this, even more so with such an experienced, expressive band.