Lavender Days, the latest album from Ohio-based outfit Caamp, starts with a song titled, “Come With Me Now.” It’s a slow building invitation that lets you know from the jump that this is an album–not just a few good singles filled up with mediocre songs. Then, right away, comes “Believe,” with the opening line, “I believe in you baby/I will always be around/I believe in you baby/I won’t let you hit the ground…”
What follows is a collection of smooth Americana with beautiful guitarwork, a banjo that hits at all the right moments (only occasionally taking lead), and harmonies that recall the best of ’70s AM radio.
This is a summer album. A wonderful, sweet summer album. It’s music to be in love to. It’s for rainy days or sunny bike rides. And I love the delicious irony of closing a warm weather record with a song called, “Snowshoes.”
For me, this is the best Caamp album yet.