The clarity of its intimate autobiographical details is irrelevant–what matters is that this album helps you feel the internal struggles of a journeyman songwriter and performer who has generated the groove-grease necessary to shoehorn this collection of songs into a space between Elvis Costello and Tom Petty…where it fits so perfectly, it’s as if it belonged there all along.
He might feel he may not be good enough as a writer, singer and guitar player as he risks presenting such a wonderful, volatile and caustically introspective collection of songs to the world, but the combination of narrative and musical expression shore up a musical flow that’s hook-laden, catchy and delivers a very strong collective message and makes such worry fade away.
The instrumentation and arrangements are traditional at first glance, but the studio tweaks and odd meters produce a stand-alone symmetry that is captivating and compelling.
Recorded in Brooklyn, NY
Engineer: Ted Young
Mastering: Coast Mastering, San Francisco
Engineer: Jessica Thompson
Label/Distribution: Clyde is Thinking
All songs by Eric Sommer
SESAC Nashville / Publisher
Eric Sommer: Guitars, lead vocals
Jimmy Oakley: Bass, vocals
Zach Smith: Percussion