Shoegazer country? That’s how they promote themselves and, yeah, I get it. Hearts of Oak hail from Portland, and their mellow, modern-Bob-Dylan sound is actually more like folk rock, but I can see how it could inspire one to stare at a blacklight poster for hours. Their single is free. Tunnels (direct link)
We’re a quarter done with 2014, and nothing has hit me right between the eyes yet as a synch for my end-of-the-year best in indie rock.
Why is John Sieger and Greg Koch‘s album so God damn awesome? I can’t put my finger on it. There’s no one song on “A Walk In The Park” that made me cry or scream. And truly it sounds a lot like late 1960s Rolling Stones. The “Let it Bleed” era, when they were still full of twang and grit–before Tattoo You turned them into a well-produced hit machine that presaged glam rock and the “cleaner” bands of the 1970s like Bob Seger. “Over the Falls” is so clearly a Mick Jagger song that I can’t believe he’s not singing on it. And if “Let Me Try Again” doesn’t do Little Feat better than Little Feat, then I must be crazy.
Good old honest country rock is one of my favorite genres, so maybe that’s why this one resonates so well with me. Or maybe it’s because their songs are so well crafted that they’ve been covered by the likes of The BoDeans and Dwight Yoakam.
It’s available at CD Baby and other places where you can try-before-you-buy. I suggest you get on it. Now.