If indie rock were around in the 1960s, when Jorma was doing interesting, sweet and subtle acoustic picking for Jefferson Airplane, it might have sounded like The Oaks. Theyâ€™re not folk and theyâ€™re not psychedelia (although both elements are here), and theyâ€™re definitely indie rock (complete with obtuse lyrics about relationships), but the overall soundâ€”which combines the usual guitar-drum-bass with marimbas, bells, vibraphone, organs, electronica, trumpets, and even accordionâ€”is rich and soothing, more than the average indie trio or foursome. â€œFreeing My Heartâ€ is a complex organism that seems to live on its own: a breathing, whispering love song.
â€œMessage from the Moonâ€ advises that â€œone day we will stand before our makerâ€ and â€œall our days are numbered,â€ but does so without being foreboding or depressing. In fact, itâ€™s a rather hopeful message, delivered in the way one hopes a parent would teach a child. Our Fathers and the Things They Left Behind is a rich album that will reward repeated listens.
In keeping with the overall vibe, and the thought-provoking title, the band has arranged to donate half of the albumâ€™s profits will to The Global Hope Network, which benefits widows and recently-returned refugees in the mountains of Afghanistan.
For fans of: Postal Service, Iron and Wine, Crosby Stills Nash and Young.