||Tickets @ the door: 6$ (8$ Minors)
Earlier this week, Abram Shook released his second record, Landscape Dream, on Western Vinyl, and he’s bringing these delightful new tunes to The Mohawk tonight to grace you with their blend of different kind of eclectic folk rock. Not only do you get to hear some of those wonderful tracks from the new record, but Abram Shook will be joined by locals Cross Record and The Deer to make for a night of music that you really can’t afford to miss out on. Trust me, this will be one of those nights that make you proud to live in the company of such talent…if that’s not most nights.
Oh you haven’t heard of Abram Shook? Seriously? Well, Abram Shook is a one of Austin’s truest gems as of late: a great songwriter and backing band who put out an album last year called Sun Marquee and already back with this stunning follow up record. On Landscape Dream, Shook and company take you both to 70’s rock and roll as well as soulful grooves of soft rock.
“Never Die” begins the album slowly and carefully, with some twee synth that harkens back to the grooves of yesteryear and Shook’s delicate whispery vocals beckon you to come with him on this journey before he is joined by the rock. This synth and vocals are soon joined by a burst of instrumentation: psychedelic guitar, stark percussive elements and even more synth. Then all of the sudden this burst of energy fades back out to just the vocals and synth sounds, now subtle and you’re left with Abram Shook and company stripped down to their core. This combination of soft and loud doesn’t overwhelm, but leaves you a little awestruck as to all that you’ve just heard—the song is fluid, moving you along with it. In one of the quieter moments, Shook tells you to “Listen, listen to the words” almost prompting you to keep your ears pricked for what’s to come.
This album is an oddly delightful mixture of misty ethereal sounds and outright rock and roll that is manifested through several different genres. There are proper links to psychedelic and garage rock on here, such as you’ll find on “Beach Glass” and “Find It” respectively. “Beach Glass” is a straight from the seventies track that involves a lot of gentle percussion, echo-y vocals and pulsing electronic sounds. “Find It” has the gritty guitars that ooze garage, while the vocals are still delicate, giving the juxtaposition of genre that you didn’t know you wanted. But then there are softer moments such as you’ll find on “Vessel,” which does eventually get a little rock and roll, but sticks in the realm of dreamy pop.
In all honesty, this album contains no bad track, and with each listen you sink your teeth further into the songs. Every time you pass through the 12 tracks on here, you find a new set of favorite tunes, and the ones that already were your favorites become ever more solidified as so. So pick this record up, spin it often, and get lost in the Landscape Dream.
In case you didn’t know, Austin’s own Abram Shook has got a new album due out next week via Western Vinyl, and I’m excited to debut a track from that record, Landscape Dream with you today. This song, “Perfect,” is a dreamy escape for four minutes that uses quiet vocals and effortless instrumentation to take you away from the daily mundane and into a better, gentler world. Personally, I’m loving the soft feel that this track has going for it, with each instruments’ contribution melting into the next so that the song dwells in between the genres of blues and folk. Get to listening and get excited for that album.
We’ve been behind Abram Shook since his early Great Nostalgic days, and we were especially happy to see his progression with Sun Marquee last year. It seems that he’s not long to stay in one place, as his newest single continues to show is continually evolving sound; he includes little bits of drum samples in this track, as well as some funky guitar chops. His ability to operate within varying genres and styles is one of the many reasons his music’s always been so enticing, which makes us even happier he’ll have another album, Landscape Dream, coming our way this year; it’ll see a release via Western Vinyl on May 12th.