Influences can come from different places. Some from overseas or other far locations, but there are times when home calls and you can’t really turn your back away. Few cities or part of the world has such power to do so, but those who do tend to take control of the person and it inspire, they like it or not, everything they do on their life. Both commercially, socially and in our case today, musically.
Luke Spehar’s latest album, The Pilgrim, embodies the title as our troubadour’s music captures what we’ve come to know, expect and love from the Midwest in the US. It’s a kind of Folk music, but not the one you hear on the radio, a product of cosmopolitan places like NYC or Nashville or much modest territories as Portland or, say, Texas. There’s a distinctive, earnest and honest sound that comes from the small towns in the world. Perhaps it’s the way how they are rarely prisoned of modernity, the genre of Roots remains, well, truth to its roots.
“The Farmer” kicks off the album and in some way sets the tone of the album. Spehar’s lose, unique vocals serves as a callback to the heydays of Folks music; along with its guitar, and it’s all it takes to create magic. The tempo and so does the feelings changes from song to song, you can find yourself quiet, losing yourself in the sound and then dancing your way through the room.
Ironically, at the same time we are dealing with a case where what makes an album so good – it’s always what limits it to a particular audience. All lyrics are heartfelt and touching, but sadly people does have their own tastes and in that case, some may really not dig Roots music and while there are artists that know how to transcends; after listening to the album, it never reaches to those highs. There are always exceptions to the rules, so you are free to give it a shot.
Criteria - 85%
In the end, The Pilgrim by Luke Spehar is a nice look into the journey of a young man with a bright future head. There’s always room to grow, and perhaps, moving forward, his ambitions may grow without risking that purity that makes him stand out from the crowd.