The Stephen Sebastian Band- Between Stations All the way from across the pond in the musical centre which is Nashville, its always nice to receive a CD from miles away, gives that warm fuzzy feeling… This album is a melting pot of textures, sounds and influences he is described as “growling like Tom Waits, crooning like Ryan Adams, whispering like Thom Yorke and bellows like The Boss”, this description gives you an excellent summary of what you can expect to here on ‘Between Stations’.
If I had to give you an overall comparison however it’d probably be The Decemberists, they’ve got that same mix of crisp production and outstanding musicianship that hasn’t had the life sucked out of it and they at some point there may have been a hootenanny/ hoedown whilst recording…
Theres a good ebb and flow to this collection of songs, making a very easy album to listen to, you can just let it wash over you and slowly seep in as you digest it. Its a little grower this LP every time I’ve listened to it I’ve heard some nuance that I’d not heard before.
Stand out tracks for me are Ohio- An uplifting radio friendly ear pleaser, listen out for the piano solo… & Hard to Hear- A whimsical wander of a song that whisks you away into an imaginarium of sorrow, featuring some beautiful counterpoint and harmonies between the male and female vocals, in a Johnny Cash/ June Carter fashion.
Between Stations is Out Now