My Politic’s Kaston Guffey (vocals/guitar) writes with honesty and cautious optimism in the songs that comprise My Politic’s
latest release. As the other half of the band, Nick Panky (bkg.vocals/guitar) creates harmonies that extend the
depth and beauty of the songs embodied on “Anchor.” After playing for years in the Springfield, MO area they decided to move to Boston, MA and try their luck on the East Coast. In 2012. “Could You Come Home” and “Oh My Love” from the Album “Younger Still,” released in 2010, were featured on the Real L Word on the Showtime network. In 2013 their song “A Name For You and Me,” also from their “Younger Still” album, was featured on MTV’s Buckwild. In 2013, the band released their fifth album “Love and A Motor Home.” Since forming the band has played countless shows across the US, which has helped solidify their Americana sound. My Politic made the move to Nashville, TN in the Fall of 2013 where they met their newest member Wilson Conroy.
Country style but not all the way, is where My Politic stands, with an essential Americana blend that so many are doing, and it’s slightly progressive and catchy to a near pop extent in places, that’s what works so well to an extent without trying to be so mainstream and keep a more serious grounding with eight tracks that deliver a pretty solid effort. These guys are very good at what they do, starting with a great opener called “Before It’s Too Late” which brings a smoky guitar plucking away behind a storytelling approach to the lyrics, going from city to country, traveling state to state and catching what comes along the way, with a mention of a great place here and there, with some description of the cultures and territories missed on the path. It does well to open this CD.
“God Vs Evolution” comes off as one of the better tracks explored indeed, it’s a great tune, really. The lyrics here are at the highest standard on the album. They build up and culminate into absolute perfection. It’s easy to say more about than the lyrics manage to do, that’s a given hear as it entertains beyond its own length. And in reviewing the whole set of tracks, this takes to proverbial cake for me, hand over fist. Other songs are worth noting as they all have something to offer, with the mellower and quieter feel of “Ways Of love” with its “voice of reason” and “season to season” effect, for an overall excellent growth heavy love song. This mixes well with the next track “Heartless,” but I find the latter to be much stronger but in the same groove. This is another album highlight for sure, with as much appeal to be found on the lighter side of things, even though the lyrics do stay somewhat heavy, going in an almost 70s direction for a quality result.
“Nobody To Blame” is also on the slower side but these tracks don’t follow a fast pace or anything, but they do pick up enough in the right places to not call it all too slow. This is probably the slowest paced track but you miss nothing in the story being told which holds it together like glue. It more than hints at substance abuse problems, to say the least. That is a low for my taste but lacks nothing in the overall interesting amount of lyrics to take in, which boils things down to “The Truth” and goes the distance at this point. The folk-ish qualities pick back up on this track, as it does enough in that style to more than satisfy. I love this one for the great playing, as the guitars reach their zenith point. “Ain’t No Saint” and the following track “Civil War’” work just as well, with the former falling somewhat short of the latter, which is one of the best tracks, complete with a violin.
The mood picks back on the final song, adding some humor to the generally depressing subject, telling not to let the elements drag you down, as the message makes a clear and present point. It sums up the experiences this release explores, and this is just as good as anything on it. Even though it might seem negative the message is an overall positive one which weighs better than not as great advice for those struggling with the same things. And that is a testament to singer Kaston Guffey in particular, as he comes on strong in just the right places to convey these frustrations contained in eight well recorded tracks. He’s sensitive but blunt, and it just works if that’s the sort of thing that sticks to your mind, body, heart and soul. If so, everything on here should please with a repeated ease. But I’m more of an 80 percent player, not being the biggest fan of the well setting in combination of genres by now, but having heard enough to still appreciate.
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by SP Clarke