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Ryan Trott: Spirit Home [Album Review]

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Ryan Trott released my favorite 7″ Single of 2010. It wasn’t under the name given him by his parents; instead it was Family Trees’ Dream Talkin’. Trott is back and this time he’s going solo with an eight-song EP dubbed Spirit Home. If you loved the beachy pop Family Trees gave us, and the experimental garage pop of band-mate Son Of Rams, you’ll dig Trott’s solo stuff. Spirit Home is a bit more in the vein of Family Trees, packed with plenty of great lo-fi pop.

Trott himself describes the music as “simple pop songs with honest, playful lyrics, layered with multiple tracks of guitars, percussion and vocals.” This bodes well for Spirit Home, which hints of Woods but with even more sand between the toes. But Trott strays into Son Of Rams’ territory, adding a powerful distorted guitar in “Gentle Girl” amidst the dreamy lo-fi beach melodies. His vocals, laid back and borderline sleepy, and cool and nonchalant. “Vacation Song” picks up the pace, but it remains as calm as a sunny beach on a warm day. This continues on “Tie Dye”, one of Spirit Home‘s many standout tracks.

With Spirit Home, Ryan Trott continues mastering his ability to produce superb beach pop tunes. His music is full of raw, gritty guitars, of dreamy summer vocals, all of it delightfully playful and summery. This is the perfect album for us to bide our time as we await Family Trees’ debut LP, rumored due sometime in the near future. Hopefully that means sometime this year.

Download: “Spirit Home” by Ryan Trott

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Download: “Gentle Girl” by Ryan Trott

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[Digital EP, 2011]

1. Gentle Eyes (For Daisy)
2. Some Days
3. Gentle Girl
4. Vacation Song
5. Wild And Free
6. Tie Dye
7. Paradise Eyes
8. Spirit Home

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