The record is a eclectic collection of pop rock ditties. The album opens with "Follow Will", a song that's eclectic within itself. A propulsive arrangement is tempered by surprisingly sweet melodies.
"Staying In the Curl" is pumped up by a Meat Puppets-esque tumbling guitar line. The effortless sway of "Living Underground" will have you envisioning a sunny island shipwreck paradise. "The Marauder" is light indie pop that could easily be an outtake from Sloan's Twice Removed. Add to that a subtle keyboard and you get the delightful "Intelligent Design".
Removing all hooks, tricks, and gimmicks, we're left with a song like "Come On Home". It's a track that shines the spotlight on tremendous vocal harmonies that aren't in-your-face.
Look, Bon Echo will not change the way you hear or appreciate music. What it will do is give you a front-to-back fun listen. We all need more of that in our lives.
Hinterlandband play The Piston in Toronto on July 19th and The Rivoli on July 20th.
Best tracks: "Staying In the Curl", "Living Underground"
Track listing for Bon Echo:
- Follow Will
- Staying In the Curl
- Living Underground
- The Marauder
- Intelligent Design
- Come On Home
- Time Beats Kickers
- The Last Dance