I have devised a pretty awesome system for randomly selecting the album of the day. However, every now and then I cheat and simply pick an album I want to spend the day with, either because I have a particular song stuck in my head or because I just really want to hear it. Today that album comes from Boston's David Wax Museum.
I first discovered this band as I discover most bands these days - on the web. But it wasn't until I finally caught them in the live setting that I came to truly appreciate just how fantastic this band is. I've written before in this space about their fantastic blend of traditional Mexican folk, indie rock, folk and the trickling in of everything from country to blues to jazz. The music is simply infectious, unique and well-played which is a stellar combination.
Everything Is Saved is the most recent full length album from this band of modern day troubadours. It has all the upbeat Mexican-American folk elements that make their live shows so enjoyable. Songs like "Born With A Broken Heart", "Yes, Maria, Yes" and "Chuchumbe" will have you toe-tapping and hand-clapping in no time. However on this album, maybe more so than on previous releases, the band seems to have 'modernized' their sound ever so slightly. That is to say, the visions I have of big parties in dusty little Southwestern towns aren't as pervasive on this album. Tracks like "Look What You've Done To Me" and "Night Was A Car" are as by the book indie rock/indie folk as you're going to get. That's not a band thing though. You can tell this is a band in the midst of spreading their wings and trying new flight patterns so to speak. If anything this album makes them even more accessible to people who may not have tried them on for size to begin with without compromising their sound completely. Regardless of whatever little sub-genre you want to try to fit this album into what is absolutely clear is that this album is special. Highly recommended for fans of anyone from Bon Iver to Gillian Welch to Calexico to Willie Nelson and everything in between.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun