Phish Wows At The Forum, 10/24

Phish returned to Los Angeles for their only area performance on Friday October 24th, playing a stellar show at the renovated Forum, their first visit to the storied venue since 2003. Compared to last[...]

Phutureprimitive: Searching For Beauty On A Rainy South Philly Night, 10/22

Rain is making an appearance tonight. Not the rain you're probably thinking of though... that rain has been making its cold and gloomy trail all day long.  The mastermind behind Phutureprimitive, als[...]

Above and Beyond Bring ABGT100 To MSG

There are so many dedicated fans in today's electronic music scene, groups of people claiming to be 'family', groups of people who travel across borders to catch their favorite DJ and hold up a banner[...]

Behind The Scenes With Liquid Stranger, Webster Hall 10/18

On stage, Liquid Stranger is an energetic animal, transmitting waves of undulating bass that echo through whatever venue he chooses to destroy on any particular evening. Off stage, however, he is a hu[...]

An Afroman Show Will Always Be A Good Time

Last week, Afroman released a new remix to his 14-year-old single, "Because I Got High," in support of the legalization of marijuana. This week, he played to a sold out show at Hangar 9 in the college[...]



04/08/14Posted in album-reviews by David Melamed


The Infamous Stringdusters - Let It Go [Album Review]


Painting pastoral soundscapes on eleven delightful tracks, emerging bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters croon and swoon on their latest album, Let It Go. The band's fifth release, Let It Go is the essence of Americana, bursting at the seams with heart and soul. Listening to the album is an absolute pleasure.

The Infamous Stringdusters formed in 2007, receiving critical acclaim and three awards at the International Bluegrass Music Assocation Awards Ceremony for their debut album, Fork in the Road. The band's popularity has only increased in the seven years since 2007, performing regularly at festivals, like Bonnaroo, All Good, and Lockn'. Their ability to weave traditional bluegrass songwriting with improvisational techniques has garnered them an enthusiastic following.

So what is it about Let It Go? After seven years of cultivating their musical style, Let It Go is an eloquent display of this band's unique talent. The music is calm and comforting, yet never mundane. It's simple, yet complex.

Take the opening track, "I'll Get Away." With a building intro that features all the musicians (dobro, guitar, banjo, fiddle, upright bass), the song begins with a straightforward verse, with earnest vocals singing about lost love. The fiddle player plays a quick fill between verses, but it's the banjo picking that drives the melody of the song. In the chorus, however, yearning slide melodies on the dobro (a steel-looking guitar) add an element of raw emotion to the music. The middle section of the tune features a virtuostic-yet-jammy banjo solo, ultimately building tension for a final chorus. The sweet song is brought to life by the magnifcent musicianship, with intricate layering by each musician.

The songs on Let It Go have differing moods, but there is a wholesome, pastoral quality to the whole album. A song like "Winds of Change" drops into a gritty minor key, whereas the following song, "Rainbows," is driven by a serene melody and rich vocal layering. There's an exciting ode to "Colorado" on the album, one that whips its way into a call-and-response vocal frenzy. With elements of bluegrass, folk, and country, the Infamous Stringdusters deliver their Americana music with gusto.

The eleven track album ends with the title track, "Let It Go." The stripped-down song mainly features guitar playing and vocals (with a fiddle solo as well). The harmonies on this song are simply divine. The Stringdusters close out their album with a piece of salient advice: "If you think you can make a difference, and the fire is in your soul, go ahead and take your stand. If you can't then let it go."

Here's the official video for "Let It Go."

Let It Go is a soulful expression of bluegrass music. It's a testament to the bluegrass/Americana revival, but, more than that, it's simply a fantastic listen. The album was released on April 1st... so what are you waiting for?

-David Melamed (@DMelamz)

Oh, and here's a video of them performing a cover of "Free" by Phish.

 


Related


Comments


Lettuce Members Share Real Time Experiences From The Road

We're about to embark on the road with our favorite funk powerhouse, Lettuce, hitting cities all over the US - from Austin to Nashville to NYC and many in between! Throughout the tour, the boys will b[...]

The Motet's Dave Watts on Red Rocks, Halloween and Art Outside

The 10th Annual Art Outside Festival kicks off in Texas on Friday with a stacked lineup that includes Emancipator, Conspirator, the Motet and the Polish Ambassador. We caught up with Motet drummer Dav[...]


Tycho
Check out this ambient track from the San Francisco act.

open in new window

Hometown Heroes - The Best NOLA Bands At This Year's Voodoo Experience

Besides beignets, po boys and chicory coffee, there’s a lot of culture to be absorbed in The Big Easy, and live music is part of it. Give your ears a true taste of Crescent City at The Voodoo Music [...]

Eric Gould Talks About Pink Talking Fish: 'I Really Feel Like We're Just Getting Started On This'

L4LM had the opportunity to sit down with the veteran bassist Eric Gould, a founding member of Particle who has since transitioned into his new, "dream project," the Pink Floyd-Talking Heads-Phish t[...]


Help out Live For Live Music as a writer, photographer, or as a member of our street team for the chance to win awesome perks!