With a mixture of folk, country and psychedelia Hanging Stars return with a formidable long player that shimmers and shines on Crimson Crow records. Consisting of songwriter, singer and guitarist Richard Olson, Sam Ferman on bass, Paulie Cobra on drums, Patrick Ralla on guitars, keys and vocals, and renowned pedal steel player Joe Harvey-Whyte. Guests include Collin Hegna from Brian Jonestown Massacre, Sean Read of The Rockingbirds and Dexy’s Midnight Runners. The overall blend is sumptuous.
Choir Of Criers begins with delightful harmonies, filling the void the Fleet Foxes have left with steel slide guitar bringing a delicate country sound, Woke Up In July has a folk feel whilst Three Rolling Hills introduces thudding drums as a revolving Rickenbacker mesmerises, to top it off alerting trumpets bring s soul edge. I’ve Seen The Summer In Her Eyes has an infectious Byrds feel before Lonely Rivers dips in with Rhodes keyboards, warm bass plus a guitar riff straight out of the a shooting star skyline. Magical.
The albums has been given high praise from all angles and it’s no wonder why. The production is straight of the top draw with the artwork looking like a long-lost classic. Songs For Someone Else showed the band as the real deal, this is further evidence that Hanging Stars are cementing their place as formidable addictive writers of wonderful songs for all ages.
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