Hailing from Chapel Hill, NC, Texoma is comprised of Randy Jones (drums), Robert Loher (bass), Linus Owen-Garni (guitar/vocals), Mark Simonsen (keys) and Zach Terry (guitar/vocals). They formed in 2013 and recently released an exceptional album entitled The Prospect. It’s a little hard to put into words why The Prospect is such an enjoyable album. The band isn’t pulling off the most technically impressive instrumental work in the world and their songs aren’t breaking the seams of sonic possibilities. It’s an album that just needs to be heard.
One thing you can’t deny is that the songwriting is top notch along with the fact everyone in the band seems to understand the concept of restraint. The music breathes and the band seems to play what is necessary to better the song - no more no loss.
The album opens with the excellent “be always.” Two bands came to mind when I heard this song: Franz Ferdinand and The Beatles. I agree an unlikely combo but I think you will know what I’m talking about when you hear the song.
The verse has a tinge of “don't let me down” when he sings “I know we’ve got to push on through oh yes we do.” As the song progresses you are treated to a saloon sounding piano breakdown around the two-minute mark and some sufficient rocking. “Rearranged” is just a very well written song. The organ, clean guitar and vocal delivery create a very warm, inviting sound. It’s the type of tune that can make you feel some nostalgia. Although the vocal climax towards the end of the song feels like a cathartic purge.
The band continues to impress with “apple butter.” It’s a song that benefits from a constant change in momentum and a myriad of catchy melodies. The band displays some straight up country charm with “mary anne” and a slower, melancholy side that still manages to rock with “salt.” The closer “riverside” is a straight boot slapper that could put you on the dance floor.
The Prospect is an exceptional album that doesn't overstay its welcome. With eight songs strong this is an album you can just press play and let it ride.
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