Wednesday, September 21, 2016
The Eastern Swell - One Day, A Flood
The music is a somewhat unusual combination of folk rock, alt country and progressive rock. Yes, that means that there will be hints of Led Zeppelin (but only hints and absent the warlock posturing). The haunting vocals are high in the mix, but even when the band isn't reaching for high volume, the arrangements barely contain an omnipresent current of lower-register, bass-heavy power and emotional conviction. My favorites are the opening "Rattling Bones" and the epic country-tinged prog rock closer "Run Down Country Palace", but aural treats abound and a scan of other reviews reveal that many of the tracks have impressed the music press, which is a sign of consistent quality.
The Eastern Swell are Lainie Urquhart (vocals/tambourine), Chris Reeve (guitar/vocals), Neil Collman (bass/vocals), and Andy Glover (drums/percussion). One Day, A Flood is out now on digital and CD formats via Stereogram Recordings.
Bandcamp for One Day, A Flood