The newest album from the Chapel Hill-based band is, simply put, gorgeous. The band’s brand of orchestral folk-pop is beautifully played and produced throughout the album, and Ari Pickler, the band’s singer and songwriter, has a voice that flows like silk on top of the music. Pickler wrote the album as a tribute to his mother’s life and death, and the emotion really shines through in the lyrics of the songs. This isn’t an album you can just listen to passively and expect to understand. This album is like a quality wine; the listener needs to pay attention to all the little details and listen to it a few times to be really able to get everything out of the layers and layers of music. The album only has one or two songs that could be really considered “up-tempo,” so some songs can drag a bit at times, but each song is different enough from the last to keep everything interesting. “Red” and “Garden” are my favorite tracks and are probably the best singles to pick out if you don’t feel like experiencing the entire album at once.
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This article appears on page 7 in Vol. 8, Issue 8 -- Totally Beachin' (May 2012)