Friends From A Distance
Label: Self Released
Album: Rhythm Is Your Gold
One of the great things about doing reviews is that you never know what gems are going to land on the desk next, and so it is with the brand new release from the band Friends From A Distance who are based out of Halton Hills ( Georgetown ) in Ontario.
15 fabulous tracks are what you get with this release, that's a whole lot of indie rock, psychedelic folk, blues and roots music on one album, it all starts off with a very catchy title track ' Rhythm Is Your Gold ' packing a punch straight off the hop, and it just keeps on giving with tracks like ' A Serious Transmission ' with some deft licks on Banjo sitting behind the sound of an organ which works extremely well, add some serious guitar playing and amazing harmonies to the verses and you have one very cool track indeed, one of my favourites is ' American Grief ' the lead in work and soulful fiddle playing throughout make this a standout track, there is also ' Revelation Rag ' which throws in fiddle, accordion, a fab foot tapping and joyfully uplifting beat, sitting behind some strong lyrical content, quite an amazing track.
I have to say that the musicianship throughout is outstanding with many prominent Ontario based artists, Brian Carlo ( Songwriter, Guitar, Vocals ) Tim Alberts who produced and engineered the album as well as contributing to a lot of the instrumentation, Nabi Loney contributes a beautiful duet on ' Steely Eyes and Heartfelt Confessions ' , some amazing lap steel guitar work by Steve Smith on a couple of tracks and it's all rooted down nicely with slick licks on bass from Robert ( Earl ) Brownlee and steady drumming by Dave Collier and Michael Boyd.
Friends From A Distance have nailed this album with an astonishing amount of variety that fits seamlessly together, from epic rock sounds to americana tinged numbers, It really is a wonderful collaboration of musical minds and beautifully produced. Rhythm Is Your Gold offers fantastic value with 15 great tracks that will appeal to a wide listening audience, it's been my constant companion for a couple of weeks and I'm not giving it up, you'll have to buy your own !