The first thought about Jacob Disedare’s sound is that those guitars are dirty. It’s a twangy almost rockabilly sound with some filthy nasty early 60s-sounding guitar licks. It’s a great retro college rock sound that will make a lot of fans of the PBR-guzzling variety.
The opening track “Something Like Dying” reminds listeners of the early 1960s. The guitars and tempo are awesome from start to finish. “Sunday morning high/low” has it’s own reverb-laden sound that brings back hints of the best days of psychadelic rock. There are sounds infused in this album that listeners haven’t heard in many years, if ever. Some of the harmonies are surprisingly good for the type of band and overall sound. That said, the guitars and attitude really make this album work.
“Devil’s tongue (road song)” is a mysterious blues-inspired jam. Seemingly both stripped down and yet amplified, it has a lofi sound that will drive some listeners wild. As an unusual turn in my own preferences, I think I like Disedare better with the fuller, upbeat sound. The introspection in the track gives listeners pause. “Jacob Disedare’s blues” might be the best track on the album. It’s about a lost love (because… duh… it’s a blues song). It’s also about getting the courage to talk to someone of interest. It’s a PERFECT college rock station. This track deserves some spins, world. Get on that.
“Apparition” is in a class all its own (in a good way). It has a sound that is simultaneously more mature and also uncharacteristic of Disedare’s other work. While I’m inclined to applaud this track as the best on the album, it shies significantly away from his standards. It almost has a mid 90s Oasis feel to it. That’s a compliment where I come from. “It’s too much to wonder when you’ll be coming ’round… Come down slowly.” It’s a reflective piece on an absentee relationship. Yep. And it’s well done, too.
All told this is a killer album for college rock fans. It’s even something that some alternative rock fans will enjoy here and there. It’s not the typical poppy goodness I feature on the site, but it really jumped out to me as a man with a gift and a sound that is worth promoting. Do this artist a favor and get it playing at your local college station.