Brian’s album was due to launch late March this year. I downloaded it as I couldn’t get out and get a physical copy. The cool calm subtle Americana of this solo Gaslight Anthemer has wooed me before on the two previous albums Painkillers and Sleepwalkers. I’m a sucker for this type of thing though. He’s wooed me in his many other guises too.
Give it a name. It’s safe to say I was keen to get hold of Local Honey. Brian is one of my highly anticipated artists whenever he puts out an album.
I really felt for him that the promo, the touring, the videos and the chance to do his new album justice were reduced to sidebars telling us it was ‘Now available’. Then I started watching his Sitting Around At Home broadcasts (the genuine warmth between him and Craig Finn on their shared episode is a thing to behold). I heard him do a take over on The Hard Times Podcast too (He’s a funny funny dude) and before I knew it I really started to hammer the record. It was on all the time.
A brief 31 minute album made up of 8 acoustic alt-country tunes. They’re all good songs. Indebted to Western Stars and Americana in the mould of Speed Trap Town. The album slips down nicely as a whole but there is no doubting that Lonely For You Only is the star of the show. This campfire singalong waiting to happen is the core of the record.
Brian’s lockdown content generation was a gift for sure. It could feel like a regular visit from a smart and funny friend. All cool put downs and wacky in jokes. But when Hardcore Straight Edge sage Matt Saincome is calling out an acoustic country ballad as the best thing Fallon has ever done and song of the year. You know it’s a good tune.
Sat in the center of an album that begins with it’s heart on show and waxes lyrical about nature, love, addiction and all that acoustically appropriate stuff it won’t come to a shock to anyone that there’s even a song on there about Horses. And it’s a good song. I’m posting a few links below for tracks from the album because I’m getting away with doing album reviews dressed up as song reviews and there’s no one paying enough attention to stop me.
Look it’s the first Christmas after the apocalypse and we could all use a pretty song about Horses.