Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Album Review: Sonny & The Sunsets Talent Night at the Ashram

Sonny & The Sunsets
Talent Night at the Ashram
**and1/2 out of *****
Sonny & The Sunsets are the creation of Sonny Smith who dabbles in art, film and for our purposes, music. His newest release Talent Night at the Ashram is an engaging mix of folkise indie rock and light Americana.

The DIY recording effort is apparent and adds to the charm. Opening with "The Applications" Smith shows off his style with a mix of Beach Boy self harmonies, easy strolling acoustic strumming and a grasp for the lazy in a good way.

"Cheap Extensions" is driven by a bass line that is pulsing in front of disengaged vocals. The title track focuses on Smith's lyrics and a pump organ sound, leading to a disk highlight.

There is a dreamy floating quality to "Alice Leaves For The Mountains" that sums up this release nicely. Things aren't taken at to quick a pace, there is relaxing sense but a creative urge that filters through. Talent Night at the Ashram isn't mind altering, but it is a great easy listen and that is all Sonny & The Sunsets seems to be shooting for. 
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