After experiencing an Aquarian Summer, I guess I wasn’t in the place I expected to be. The gig is up, as if it weren’t obvious by the themes at first glance – nature, summer, Aquarian….we’re dealing with some psychedelic good vibes revival here, folks. So strap in or rather embrace the vibes head on because we all know they’re golden and righteous.
Putting this record on will nearly immediately transport you to a simpler time of doing good and smoking good. I see a hazy living room with tie-dye drapes and the smell of botany. I like it. Nature Walks are the cool pilots of a low flying indie machine that runs on clean guitar and easy drums. The progressions are far from conventional but often times the beat and / or message hit harder than any hook. Having said that, this music does do its fair share of wandering, but that just comes with the territory really. Nature Walks will take you on a walk of their own, filled with shuffle-your-feet tempos, chord outline noodling, and floaty vocals that take on an err of the pastoral.
While no song really pops out, the album plays nicely as a whole maintaining the same theme throughout and revisiting certain motifs with new perspective. “Meddling Kids” might be my jam on this journey. It has a clever and sly bass line that peeks around the corner of each passage while the drums stay true to their slightly funky backbeat complete with tambourine / snare punctuations.
The guitar chicks are present in the mix but not overly done, you manage to gloss over them despite how they act like a melodic metronome. The tone is quick with attack and almost like the plucking of violin strings. Before song’s end, the band gets its moment in the sunshine, expanding on the progression. At this point, I gravitated toward the musicality of the cymbals and the close attention they all paid to taking things to new heights while still keeping some pressure on the brake pedal.
This album never takes off, but instead it finds beauty in the idle. And it’s worth noting that the album art is as gorgeous as it is mood shaping. Let this collection sink in, it’s deeper than the surface portrays.
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