Pilgrim Stories by Silvergirl is modern folk rock music at some of its best. The collection of four tracks comes out of Melbourne, Australia. The style is very much rooted in the folk music genre with a focus on storytelling as an art form. The pace of the entire set is easy enough to listen to but not so slow that the listener looses interest.
“Ocean Beast” starts off the album with an almost rock anthem feel that quickly gives way to an interesting story. The story has a strong beat and combines the rock feel you might find in the remake of a classic beach movie. This song could easily appeal to a younger crowd or an older one with carefully placed electric guitar solos to draw in those looking for a throw back to classic rock. I enjoyed the heavy piano focus as well.
“Helena Blue” is much more of a guitar heavy piece with that strong folk storytelling under current. This song was a bit less of the rock feel and seemed to be retro in style. This reminded me of a solid ’60s single by an undiscovered band. The cover art for the album is exactly how I would picture this song if you could “see” it.
I enjoyed the combination of the retro feel with enough added to make it something a pop audience could also sing along with. “Blue Surf Van” continues the surf feel of the album and was my favorite piece of the set.
This was very retro and something I could easily see in a classic beach movie but with the realistic update. Things don't always turn out perfect like they use to in the classic ’60s beach movies if you listen carefully to the lyrics.
“The Sun” ends the set with a solid folk rock goes pop tune. The idea behind “falling into your magic” lends itself easily to a break out single. This was easily the most marketable song of the four and seems to unify the theme of the album.
Overall I enjoyed the pace of the album and found it to be fun. I would enjoy hearing more from this artist. Looking forward to hearing more.
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