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The Band in Heaven: Caught in a Summer Swell

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Released: Sept. 17
Our Rating: 4/5
Spec Recs: “Music Television,” “Summer Swell,” “Dandelion Wine”
In One Word: Freeing

The Band in Heaven captures a time in its music — when life begins to feel like a reality. Just as a high school graduate suddenly feels overwhelmed but too young to care, this album exemplifies a similar situation in which the music takes on an intense yet lackluster feel. The song titles are enough to bring about intellectual conversation, even without having listened to the song and absorbing the lyrics.

The musicians exhibit a sort of Pixie-esque guitar tone and even strum in their music. The vocals, however, are all their own. The fact that there are male and female voices on the album is pleasant. The vocals complement each other nicely and take the 80’s tinge in the music to a whole other realm. Overall, the band’s work has a loose and enjoyable feel to it.

Every time I hear the album, it gets better. I suggest repeated listens for the best results, but I don’t think you’ll find that a very difficult thing to do. Caught in a Summer Swell is now available on Decades Records.

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