Frontman Tony Dekker is known as another "guy with an acoustic guitar," with a solid band (and classic banjo) backing up his folk-rock sound. To branch out from the group’s typical sound, Dekker made a goal on this album to not write any songs for the acoustic guitar.
The results are mesmerizing. The release sounds like heavenly dream folk: mellow, atmospheric and transformative. It’s also fitting that the album was recorded in a 145-year-old church.
The first song on the album, “The Talking Wind,” layers woodwinds and light, flowing vocals, maximizing the ethereal quality of the recording space from the start.
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Songs get a little more pop further into the album, such as “Unmaking the Bed,” where the staccato marimba rhythm makes it a quick candidate to put on repeat.
With such a range of instruments on the album, it would have been easy to overload each track with a wall of sound, but Dekker takes a minimal, scaled-back approach that highlights only a few sounds on each song.
The auditory nuances flirt with mellow, moving lyrics and combine for a quiet intensity that you won’t be able to get enough of.