Before I venture much further down the road of producing content for CHSR in the form of “Music Reviews” I feel that there is an elephant in the room that needs to be addressed. It has been brought to my attention (but not to my surprise) that my writings are skewed towards the positive in a big way. And I’m not going to deny it for a second, but I am going to take a moment to explain myself.
Well, it’s fit for the airwaves.
The album is 7-track beauty that is raw, authentic, and roots to the bone. The production makes you feel like you are in the room while the magic takes place. The occasional chair creaks, the door opens and closes, and the cookie cutter is left in the drawer where it belongs.
Now for the facts.
1. Shiny Shotguns
2. Pistol and Rye
3. Black Magic Tradition
4. Kiss Nice
5. Ratts and Races
6. Sow it in Spells
7. Don’t Go Lightly
All songs written by Vic Horvath
Percussion – Rad Juli and Matt Andrade
Bass – Jody Johnson
Vocals, Guitar – Vic Horvath
The opening track, Shiny Shotguns, is an eclectic lullaby. Pistol and Rye is a toe-tapping roots jam. Black Magic Tradition is a prog-folk piece that shifts time signatures between movements while staying close to the core of Horvath’s Canadian-Americana lyrical sensibilities.
Kiss Nice turns the page and delivers an acoustic blues-rocker that evoked my very best “This is a seriously good tune” facial expression.
Ratts and Races provides an introduction to the haunting beauty that Horvath is capable of channeling. The simple instrumentation and vocal harmonies gave me chills. This wasn’t recorded to a click track and over-edited. They just let the magic happen in its own time. The penultimate track, Sow it in Spells is a cheery folk-blues tune that cleanses the palette before the finale, Don’t Go Lightly.
I think that at the end of 2017 I will compile a list of the best new songs that I discovered this year. “Don’t Go Lightly” will be firmly on that list. It’s the embodiment of a song written using nothing but 3 chords and the truth that leaves the listener infatuated. This is, in my opinion, the best song in a collection of great tunes. Now that I’ve been so fortunate to discover Vic Horvath as an artist, I cannot wait for the opportunity to see them play live.
I highly recommend taking this album and getting it into your earholes at your earliest convenience. And then let me know what YOU think. Get at me on Twitter or Instagram @ColinFowlieNB