Right away I had a good feeling with this self-titled album Gestures & Sounds by Gestures and Sounds and that’s all thanks to its design. The art of this photography is telling and aesthetically gorgeous with great color and framing. Conceptually, it’s thought provoking and attractively stark. Imagery works with a subtle yet powerful drive on the market so my initial compliments to the designer for crafting a splendid brand that fits the musical tone and just generally paints a classic mood.
Most people would associate Santa Monica Pier with more upbeat and bright movement, but Gestures & Sounds finds different ways to bring out their feelings. Imagine enjoying a walk along the pier with all the lights and sounds telling their tales and whispering what they’ve seen. And you’re alone. That could be a closer assimilation to the theme at hand. In the end, it’s all up to you. But let’s start from the beginning.
The album takes off on a strong Ben Folds vibe that mixes passionate piano foundation with the jubilance and lament of strummed acoustic. Vocally there are no leaps or runs, just a consistent middle register that moves like the song’s wind, breathy at times and reaching when necessary. “Sunday Lake” is a great modern take on emotional pop of old, not unlike the softness of early Brand New. As a cello soothes its way into the chorus, the full picture of sound is strong and capturing despite the reserved tone. Several times a hint of crescendo sends everything toward the verge of climax yet always ebbs just shy. Like the tides of Sunday Lake perhaps?
My favorite track might have to "Billy Staples." How can you beat the line, "Billy Staples threw a football. No one gave a shit." And it's all sung with such empathetic humor while the music plays out in a pastoral nature with cuts cued to a T. The story of Billy Staples isn't exactly heroic, but you don't mind because the guy had character. And character is abounding on the wings of this record. Take it for a ride and don't worry about holding on because the air is clear and the music will guide you.
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