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Miles To Dayton - A Long Way Back

A Long Way Back

Miles To Dayton

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A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This is an independent release and has some interesting elements tucked inside it. They make mention of "band members often switching instruments within a set, relying on their multiple talents to maintain a creative performance atmosphere." Is this unusual? Both Dave March and John Preddice are credited with three instruments (the other 2 members play one each), one of which is vocals, it seems that many bands have people that switch off on instruments during a set and it is not uncommon, and no comment is needed.

This band has a quiet and very atmospheric sound, tending towards the peaceful and intimately dreamy setting, almost to a detriment as the tunes for the most part tend to blend together with little to differentiate one from another. It isn't until the seventh song, Therapy, that there is a change in the feeling and tempo of the disc, and then they settle right back into their dreamy homogenous landscape. The only element that made the listener sit up and take notice is effective use of the cello by Jon Preddice. He does use it throughout the disc in some ways that make you stop and listen up. Listen to the solo he does on, Your Love. There are some interesting elements with this group, but they really have to tap into some energy to get to a level that will set them apart in some way.

Track List:

  • Hero for Another Day
  • A new song
  • Harmony
  • Green Light go
  • I'm Sorry
  • Letter, to you and me
  • Therapy
  • Tiny Miracles
  • Buildings
  • Your Love
  • Dayton
  • Goodnite Waltz

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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