Sunday, May 20, 2012

REVIEW: The Son(s) - Leviathan

The Son(s) have more than a bit of mystery about them.  We don't know how many people are in the band.  It seems there were three at one point, and there still is a Karl.  But the other two may no longer be with the project.  We do know that the band's new mini-album (six tracks) Leviathan is an impressive expression of introspective folky, dream pop.

 Leviathan begins with the gentle, plaintive "Roaring Around the House"; the vocals are fragile and supported well by simple guitar and organ.  Then we transition to the vampy "If I Hear You Talk Apostrophes Again..." --

"Cocksure Boys" dials it back from "If I Hear", but I think it is my favorite track on the album.  "Half Lived" is dreamy and semi-psychedelic, with a full arrangement.  The final two songs are "Shot Out of a Cannon" and "There is No-One to Thank".  They both follow the dreamy approach of all the tracks except the second, but "There is No-One to Thank", in particular, is a very well realized pop song.

The album is released on Glasgow's Olive Grove Records, and is available on tape, with a free digital download to the purchaser.  The entire album can be streamed here:

Olive Grove Records

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