In between presidential primary campaign calls (some more aggressive than others) and sleeping off the previous week, I spent the weekend trying to iron out a few things I’d been putting off. Only managed to binge the latest season of TPB on Netflix and check The Western States Motel off the big list, though.
I was positive I’d listened to this already. And it wasn’t until the halfway point that I forced myself to switch off and make sure I hadn’t already tackled it. I think I was confusing the album art with this.
TWSM is built on strong, simple songwriting full of those hooks and chord swipes that can’t help but getting log-jammed in your head for hours. The ones resistant to even the toughest aural cleanse. It plays out lyrically like the album cover; easy stretches of small observations about small town life.It’s all solid and occasionally charming, especially on tracks like “Firing Range Days”, a stone simple tune capped by some nice mellotron/organ-noise-thing.
The band hasn’t put anything out since 2011 (for reference, TWSM was released back in 2007), but their website indicates they’re still alive and kicking.
Mellow, acoustically driven tunes that are just nice to listen to. Remember nice things?
Again, give their website a gander and consider picking this one up.