Tensaw is a project revolving around South Alabama native Tyler Lee Wilson. He recently released Tensaw EP was contains four songs. These songs sound like they are from the south. In fact, I can picture these songs being played on a front porch.
These songs are a mix between traditional country, folk and bluegrass. I’d also say these songs sound best in the evening when the sun is going. They are relaxing and just by listening to them seem to reduce anxiety.
Up first “River of Whiskey” which is a superb song and the highlight. The mood here takes you down the lazy river of relaxation. I absolutely loved the melodies and it’s sung perfectly. This song is just so easy on the ears. You can't help but sway back and forth.
That sort of mood continues with “Sunset Limited”. It’s very laid back sort of like that song “Ripple” by The Grateful Dead. The song contains some slide guitar, what sounds like mandolin and acoustic guitar. I loved the fills that were strategically placed in the song. The lyrics fit the song which is about a boat, it’s captain and the destination. Wilson sings “Down on Mobile Delta, the fog’s been rolling in There's a towboat headed north with a heavy load of coal But the crew’s a little thin The captain's sound asleep, first mate is at the wheel”
“Don't Bother” has a slightly different feel. The song first of all has drums and sounds like a song you might hear in the movie Dusk Till Dawn. There is some mystery and danger to the song. “Another Year Gone” is more lively. This song actually felt brighter and could also be a song to start your day to.
As an engineer the only slight issue I had was that some of the songs were at noticeably different volumes and there is also some slight issues with the sonic imprint. It was nothing major but something a mastering engineer could take care of.
I liked all these songs but something about those first two songs were the style I preferred. Overall, this a good batch of songs from a very talented musician. Recommended.
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