Hailing from Hartford, CT, Jeff Przech plays music that sounds about as American as music can get. His recent release Sounds Like Fresh contains eleven songs that might lead you to waving the flag, watching the game with a couple of cold ones and doing some grilling on a Sunday afternoon. Przech plays palpable pop songs with combine Americana, country and rock.
The songs on Sounds Like Fresh are led by two elements - the acoustic guitar and vocals. Przech has a good voice and only adds to the “American” feel. He sounds masculine and stoic with a bit of country twang. His deep voice has a classic, traditional flavor that can be traced to a surplus of singers who have hit the airwaves.
His acoustic guitar provides the chord progressions but it is usually layered with an electric that provides the lead. The combo is certainly nothing new but works just fine for the spirit in which these songs were intended. Sounds Like Fresh is a warm sounding album and the overall feeling I was left with was nostalgia. It contains reflective qualities within the music and certainly within the lyrics as well.
On the very first song “Eden” he goes into detail about the irony of a town called Eden that has none of the qualities of Eden itself. It’s obvious that the song takes this one town as an example for the thousands of other towns which mirror the feeling and rather dismal milieu.
The nostalgia and reflective vibe sinks its teeth in deep on the second track ”Fade Away.” He sings, “Looking back over my shoulder All I see is that I’m getting older.” On the chorus he goes on to sing, “See a lifetime fade away Watch it all just fade away.” Although the lyrics could easily be considered depressing by themselves the song is upbeat and warm which ends up creating a successful dichotomy.
“Wasting Time” and “Angry All the Time” continue to reinforce a similar theme but also showcase that Prezch is a consistently solid songwriter. There were a lot of good songs on this album but “No Matter Where You Go” and “Tell Me Something” were two highlights amongst the batch.
Sounds Like Fresh is pretty much the antithesis of avant-garde. It relies on classic songwriting that shoots straight for the heart. It’s pure with its intention and leaves little question as to what we might expect from Przech in the future.
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