Essential Forever – There’s A Lot Still To Say About Essential Forever

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The stated aim in the artist bio is for this to sound like a “greatest hits” album of a crooner from a bygone era. Think Phil Spector, Brian Wilson, Beatles-style production, hooky melodies, and songwriting about love and heartbreak. But rather than simply copying the style, this album seeks to use it as a springboard for new ideas about love and relationships. Gone are the occasionally sexist undertones of the source material, and in its place is a vulnerability and melancholy that speaks much better to the present psyche. A good addition to any playlist that would include bands like Brian Jonestown Massacre, Foxygen, or Father John Misty. Turns out vintage sounds can be mined “essentially forever.”

By: Brad Miller

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