Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Deslondes - Hurry Home

On Hurry Home, the sophomore album from The Deslondes, we find the band broadening their country rock palette to embrace more electrification and some R&B.  And it suits the New Orleans quintet very nicely.  Make no mistake, the "country" remains in evidence throughout, and the loose arrangements and drawling vocals emphasize the bands roots.  But we expect that the broader and more robust sound will do nothing to alienate existing fans and may well earn them an expanded audience.

One of the strengths of The Deslondes is having five songwriters and four lead vocalists, giving the band a variety of perspectives and approaches.  Overall, the album doesn't prompt foot-stomping as much as involuntary head nodding and appreciative smiles.  Anyone who spends time away from home, family and friends, and longs to get back, will appreciate the gospel inflected title track.  But once that gem is appreciated, the listener will want to dive into the delicious break-up song "She Better Be Lonely", the bubbling "Nelly", the rollicking "Hurricane Shakedown", the vamping "Many Poor Boy", or one of the other songs.  There is something for everyone here, and we think it goes down well for any picnic or backyard gathering.  BYOB.

The Deslondes are Sam Doores, Riley Downing, Dan Cutler, Cameron Snyder, and John James Tourville.  Hurry Home is out now via New West.

Bandcamp for Hurry Home
New West Records

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