I must admit that when the opening, pounding mash-up Mixed Messages assaulted me I was ready to hit eject, email my apology to the very nice and patient PR lady and move on to the next disc awaiting review. Then along came Cantaloupe with its Band-like echoes and Twin Peaks atmospherics and I thought "Hold on boyo, not so fast. Let this one play a while."
And what, I'm happy to report, do you hear as Johari Window opens up its mysteries? After "Cantaloupe" fades yet lingers, the Jersey/Tennessee twang of Where The Driveway Ends blends effortlessly into the subsequent psychedelic pop of Rosie. Swooning through their various influences (Wilco, Pink Floyd, Son Volt, the aforementioned Band) vocalist/guitarists Mike McWilliams and Ryan McGlynn, bassist Jared Pollack, and drummer Milo Venter swoop and swirl through Daniel Lanois landscapes one moment and Pearl Jam land the next.
Despite mounting debt and Lord knows what brewing political scandal, New Jersey, and the music world as a whole, has something to definitely look forward to with , Carlon's very promising debut. Other standout, iPod shuffle tracks include Caution, Red Rover and the moody closer Murder The Night.
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