About a month ago, indie rock band Greylag released their self-titled debut album that went under the radar, but it’s an album that music fans should quickly familiarize themselves with immediately. Produced by Phil Ek (Modest Mouse, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses), Greylag have put together a fine album that pays homage to classic and modern southern rock while expanding to modern indie folk, roots, and Americana.
Opening track “Another” and “Mama” are the two songs that best recall classic, southern rock. You may hear hints of The Black Crowes and Led Zeppelin. Others may hear more of a folk-rock sound favoured by Neil Young and Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
The splendid “Arms Unknown” trickles with Seattle’s Fleet Foxes in the first half before extending out to a classic southern rock sound. It’s a fabulous track and the highlight of the album. “Burn On” follows a similar formula, although it tinges more with Band of Horses than Fleet Foxes. It’s a solid track that could have been great with a searing jam.
Two other great songs from the album are “Kicking” and “Black Sky”, which are slow burners. They are extremely well-paced, and mixed with the indie rock sound there is a touch of the LA ’70s music scene that bands like Midlake and Lord Huron have expanded upon. The former track, in particular, is terrific with the perfectly timed climax.
Greylag is an intriguing album. There is an attention to detail and nuance and an ethereal quality found in Fleet Foxes’ music. At the same time, there is the potential for anthemic moments like those heard during The Black Crowes’ heydays. The combination is engaging, fascinating, and at times brilliant, providing a solid foundation that Greylag can build from in subsequent albums.
Greylag comprises of Andrew Stonestreet (lead vocals, guitar); Daniel Dixon (lead guitars, keys); and Brady Swan (drums). Their self-titled debut is out now on Dead Oceans, and it can be purchased at Dead Oceans’ store, iTunes, Amazon, and eMusic.
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