Pinewood – “Steady hold”
-Feel the jingly, jangly optimism of this track… it just hits right for early 2021. Something about the blending of the banjo and the synth works for us on this one. Typically this kind of “big folk production” doesn’t resonate with us, but it pops on this one definitely. The layers of the production remind us a little of the Oh Hellos, a band we’ve featured many times. Pinewood are definitely finding their way on the “ones to watch” list in the folk scene.
The Peace Lillies – “Our Sanctuary”
-The eloquent folk energy of this track was not something I expected; fans of Crosby Stills Nash and Young will love this track. The harmonies are exquisite. The overall composition is definitely expressive and emotional. It’s rare to find a song written in the 21st century that can pull the listener into the 1960s in such a visceral way. The dreamlike bridge of the song is absolutely on another level. It’s beautiful.
Kiefer Detrick – “In the Gray”
-It’s rare that I approve a song on the guitar work alone, but I’m pretty sure I did with this one. By the time I heard Detrick’s vocal, I was already a fan… then the vocal was good too! Bonus! There’s a bit of an early John Mayer energy to this track that really takes me back. Beyond that, the track has a nice groove to it. Something about the song’s energy makes me feel connected to various earlier versions of myself. It’s not exactly nostalgic… it’s just that it makes you reflect on where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re headed. Perfect for new year reflections! Dig it.