GREYLAG - Greylag

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Folk/Folkrock | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 164 / 10-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 7.5/10 | Label: Dead Oceans | Autor: SaS

The band from the inevitable hipster town of Portland, Oregon in the northwest of the USA was actually named after the wild goose species. That's a strange name. Because the music of the band is less on the way in airy heights, but rather grounded. Greylag play classical Americana with a lot of folklore and West Coast flair and otherwise combine their numerous influences to an inspired, melancholic mixture, often reminiscent of Crosby, Still, Nash & Young, but sometimes also of the acoustic miniatures on "Led Zepellin III". Andrew Stonestreet's vocals sound wonderfully warm and relaxed and with the first song "Another" you are sure to have known him for years. Which, by the way, is the same for most of the other songs. But that doesn't mean that Greylag are simply epigones of the 70s folk; rather, on their debut they manage to play such a traditional and catchy music that they can simply be placed in the ranks of the greats without thinking about it any further. A band that I'm sure will be talked about even more often.

Top track: Arms Unknown

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