What comes from the ashes, sometimes is better than the ashes itself. An overlooked, deep phrase that describes the side projects by many band members. This new journey where we get to meet the artist behind our favourite band. Sometimes the result is quite familiar, almost like a direct follow up. But there are times where what we get is a really pleasant surprise, the product is so awesome that one even wonders why didn’t X member had more open room creatively to bring his/her obviously great touch to the band.
Deep in the Waves by Twin Cities Americana/Rock band Swallows’ J. Briozo is in most of the part changing the fiddling for a more profound, cinematic approach. “Blind” borrows some of the soberness of Radiohead and Portishead, while it still infuse some of the Roots elements we have come to know him. The title track is an acoustic driven song, where Jeff’s vocals bring all the different layers to what it could have become just another Folk song. By the time we hit “Spinnin Out”, things does get a bit, say, Britpop? The pace overall changes, this is the most upbeat song of the album. It changes the thoughtful mood for a much heavier, fun vibe that feels the room or place you are at the moment.
There’s isn’t too much negative things to report. The album is eclectic in its own way. At first you get the impression you are up for a quiet journey, with great harmonies and melodies, nice arrangements and good vocals – but all this builds up for a rather catchy album. There are some slow tracks in between, but then there are others that draw a smile in your face. A thing I did notice how the album does sounds as a laid back album you will hear from Jack Johnson or Dave Matthew Band back on the 90s, there are some of the je ne se quais layers that brings you back to those days where Rock was a bit more campy.
Criteria - 80%
Overall, with some needed patience and few missteps, Deep in the Waves showcases the talent of an artist with a great potential and with his music it’s sure to bring some of the nostalgia people seems to be given a lot lately by both the movie, TV and also music entertainment divisions.