Just in time for summer, the Mapache album release, Roscoe’s Dream, contains many seasonal designs to associate with dog days ahead. The clear surf rock influence on this album is evident in songs like “Tell Him” and, fittingly, “They Don’t Know At The Beach” by their laid back yet driving beats coming from the drums and hissing calls from the guitar. producing a very Californian feel. Other classic ’50s rock and roll styles are seen in the track “Diana,” with its repetitive and driving, grungy guitar riffs littered with peppy licks and raspy vocals. Even when the album pulls back some of its energy, the tracks retain an airy, laid-back feel that even features guitar melodies and vocal harmonies that reflect resemblances to folk rock styles.
Themes of reminiscent and nostalgic love are complemented by the album’s intention to enjoy the simpler things in life like the glow of the seaside or her dog. These tracks excuse lazy summer days that include lounging in the scorching dry heat and facilitate the movements of waves crashing on the shore or the slow back and forth of rocks from a hammock.
Recommended tracks from Roscoe’s Dream: “They don’t know at the beach”, “Pearl to the Swine”, “Diana” and “Love Can’t Hold Me”.
Everywhere, is an effortless yet invigorating album from the Reverend Baron. Reverend Baron grabs you by the hand and takes you on a leisurely stroll as the track “Fool On the Ave” recommends this excursion and emotionally convinces you to take this walk with him. Although without any sense of urgency, Everywhere is not grooveless. Even in tracks like “Avocate” or “Sleep Wakes Me Up” where instrumentals are sparse, the constant drive of the drums is paired with rationed guitar hits, synth chime, and harmonizing horns, giving them a vibe. cool and relaxed.
Even with the album’s overall promise of ease and comfort, it’s littered with funk influences in the track “It’s My Turn (To Cry, Cry, Cry)” which stirs the leisure pot just enough without getting too flashy. or hectic. Hints of bluesy rock in “To Meet Myself” underline the common thread of self-actualization that is constrained not only by the expert instrumentalism, but also by the lyrics of observation and introspection.
Recommended tracks from Everywhere: “Fool On The Ave”, “I see you running” and “Sleep wakes me up”.