Saturday, August 7, 2010

Review of Will Stratton's "New Vanguard Blues"


Sometimes, it's not so much about how music sounds as much as how it makes us feel. Will Stratton's New Vanguard Blues carries a steady stream of quiet emotion, with acoustic guitar strumming and poetic vocals. It's indie folk, so understatement goes a long way.

From the lovely opener, "Bluebells," to the intense finale, "The War is Over," it's quite an enjoyable listen. The jangling guitar and impeccable vocals are quite charming. The album also has an intimate feel, and was recorded by Stratton in one weekend in July.

You can buy or stream it on his page at Bandcamp, and you can also follow him on Twitter.

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