Sometimes a band needs a shake-up, and sometimes a name change is the perfect catalyst. Royal Forest wasn’t always this band’s name; no, they were once called Loxsly. With the new name, Royal Forest sheds the past and reinvents themselves with a slightly updated sound that hints of a little math-rock and a curious Texas-inspired blend of folk and pop that’s a bit further away from their hometown heroes Spoon than their previous work, though the “syncopated snares” remain.
Opening track to their self-titled debut (under this moniker), Royal Forest even adds in a drone-ish jam toward the end. The sound has its similarities to the early form of the group, but those similarities are limited and compressed to let the new elements shine. And shine they do — Royal Forest is a giant step forward in freshness and creativity. If this is what we can expect from this young band, you better get excited.
Royal Forest is available now from the band’s MySpace page.
Download: “Civilwarland” by Royal Forest
Download: “Courtesy In Decline” by Royal Forest
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