Title - 'Promises Promises'
Artist - Lost Leaders
For those not in the know, Westchester County, NY-based indie act Lost Leaders features two extremely accomplished local musicians: Bryon Issacs (vocals, bass), who is a touring member of The Lumineers, a member of Ollabelle and a member of the legendary Levon Helm’s backing band; and Peter Cole (vocals, bass), who was a member of Lava Baby.
And while both Issacs and Cole have collaborated with each other in some way or another over the years, Lost Leaders can officially trace their origins to Isaac’s time with Levon Helm.
Lost Leaders full-length debut was released in 2014, and the album featured the attention-grabbing single 'I’m Gonna Win,' a track that received airplay on radio stations across the country and appeared on several Best Singles of the Year lists.
They went on to release an EP and have now released their sophomore full-length album, Promises Promises. The David Baron-produced album was recorded at Sun Mountain Studios in The Catskills and finds the duo drawing on their affection for Americana vibes; stories told through the mindscape of such obviously admired storytellers as both Tom Petty and The Raconteurs.
2. 'I Will (Fulfill)'
3. 'People Like Us'
4. 'Probably Why We're Here Today'
6. 'To The Top'
7. 'Fallen Stars'
8. 'All That I Want'
9. 'Wake Me Up'
The album kicks off in fine style with the '90s pop sensibilities of 'Extra-Ordinary' and it has to be said, never lets the listener go until the find chords are stuck on 'Wake Me Up.'
An album chock full of ranging, almost bluesy guitar chords, the choruses are all flashbacks to an era where having a hook-friendly repeat was the norm.
Along the way tracks such as 'I Will (Fulfill),' 'People Like Us,' 'Fallen Stars' and the aforementioned 'Wake Me Up' all fairly bounce melodically along, but all still carry within them a deep-seated anxiety for our times.
For me, one of my personal favorites is 'Probably Why We're Here.' An understated, low brow electric/acoustic cut, of sorts, and one that is driven by the drum beat, the song is about the handling of love; but could easily be reconditioned to be a viewpoint on our current political climate.
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