A surprisingly clean sounding record for Sub Pop, this is a folk-rock record….NO !!! COME BACK !!! I know folk rock sounds fucking horrible and I’m surprised that I like it but this is actually a pretty good record. It has grown on me over a couple of listens and whilst I was initially put off by its grown up sensibilities, it’s another reminder that it’s not always essential to be weird and scream and use silliness just to get people’s attention. It is almost unavoidable that music like this harks back to the 70’s but instead of aping obvious targets Rose Windows seem to have incorporated a few different elements (a little psych rock here and a little hard rock there) and blended them together in a way that is familiar but not clichéd. Everyone plays well and the album is well produced, again, in a sensible grown up sort of way but you can hear what everyone’s up to without being drowned in just vocals or just guitars. Most of the singing is done by the female vocalist and she has a confident unassuming voice that works well, and she is symptomatic of the album in its entirety (in a good way). The whole thing feels like something you’ve heard before but maybe haven’t heard in a while and instead of hearing a whole new album, it’s like re-discovering something you previously loved. In looking for a link to attach to the review, I discovered that apparently the first pressing of the album has come out warped which is a great shame for the band and Sub Pop, so why not go and give them a listen. Personal favourites are the desert rock-y “Native Dreams” and the elegantly bluegrass “Season of Serpents” but the track that really convinced me of the whole album’s worth was “The Sun Dogs II : Coda”.
Jesus. I like folk-rock now. Fetch my pipe and slippers.