Path is the project of NJ songwriter Sam Keeler. His recent release Still is a gorgeous album that combines acoustic instrumentation, loads of reverb and very well written songs. This album is borderline perfect for fans of artists such as Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, Real Estate and The Clientele.
Keeler simply has an undeniably attractive and appealing voice. His vocals are smooth and warm with a nice balance of hope and melancholy that brings you a sense of calm. The album begins with “Live In My Arms” which revolves around an upbeat folk groove. Keeler’s vocals are smothered in reverb and work really well with the music. The song is also undeniably infectious. Keeler sings, “So won't you come and live in my arms / Just take a step, it's not so far / Come and live in my arms.” What an opener.
“Gracie” reminded me a little more of Sufjan Stevens. It’s another extremely well written and delivered song. Real Estate and The Clientele however came to mind on “Don't Ever Love Me.” Up next is “Still” which is sparse but introduces some unique, experimental sounds.
As the album progresses Keeler doesn't disappoint. “Key,” the shoegaze inspired “I Wait” and the infectious “Cynthia” are all notable songs.The technical abilities on “Stone” should not go unnoticed against the aesthetics. Keeler closes with “Stone” which is uplifting, hopeful, nostalgic and melancholy. The lyrics are sweet, heartfelt and lack any sense of pretense. Keeler sings, “It’s a love you can fall in love with / All the world sleeps in your head / Don’t find a way out, find a way in / All that I've done was for you, my friend.”
Keeler is a true talent on par with some of the previously mentioned artists. He deserves a lot more attention because this album was that good. You won't want to miss this gem of an album.
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