Summer Knit is the solo project for Jorgen Gregg. He released When It Came Upon Me which mixes genres like Americana, folk and indie rock. It’s an acoustic based album with heartfelt performances and well crafted songs.
The album starts with “Evergreen Teeth” which starts with a strummed acoustic guitar and well executed, warm vocals. It hits upon a fairly familiar folk type vibe that slowly builds with additional instrumentation such as piano and organ. I was impressed after the first song.
“Heavy Things” starts to really get into a full sounding arrangement. The song again builds up and rocks out in epic fashion. In fact the song felt like a closer. “Oh Tenderness” has its moments while “Social Lungs” is a certified highlight that plays into classic American type vibes.
“100 Martin” was one of the more dynamic songs with intimate moments that proved very effective. Bon Iver came to mind. Gregg sings, “I’m lying on the caved sea tonight It covered everything / All of it seemed so far from me / To dig deeper, loose comforting.”
“Living, Crying” is subtle and nuanced the whole way through. “Pure Signaling” was another standout that slowly builds while “Lines Holding Frames” reverts to a more rock based song in the style of a band like Wilco.
As the album progresses with “The Limits, the Standing, and the Fall”, “S (breach)” and “This feeling” I thought the songs were diverse while not going too far into left field. He closes with “I exist, when it all came upon me” which reminded me of Fleet Foxes.
After spending some time with the album, there was obviously a lot of work that went into it. It’s a cohesive dense album with a lot of passion. Recommended.
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