Written Tuesday, November 26
If you’re a fan of retro-tinged, dreamy psych-rock, then this is the album for you. Drenched in reverb and delay, Forget Your Head a swirling wispy cauldron of 60s and 70-style rock. It is a full and complete album that offers a lot to the listener in a spectrum of moods and tempos. While the first couple tracks, “Funny Feelings” and “Dream Reader”, start things off in a dream rock mood, things quickly pick up on “Compare”, “Easy Breezy (Je Sais)”, and “Corner”, into more of a 70s rock kind of vibe. “Glory Me” is a serious take on mortality that is definitely the stand out track for me. “Nowhere Days” slows things down to get a bit more pensive. “Don’t Be Low” is lethargic but very catchy, definitely one I would want to see played live. “Alone Again” is really upbeat with some good-feeling steal drums. And it all ends with a beautiful acoustic ballad in “Stone Song”.
The whole thing is a journey and that’s exactly what I like to hear in an album, something with ups and downs, a beginning, middle, and end that are all distinct, because that’s what life is like. I can listen to an album like this and think “They probably went through a lot over the course of writing this album.” It feels that way.
There’s a subdued quality to it. I don’t mean that as a criticism. But it doesn’t feel dramatic in any way. It feels quietly contemplative. Fleshed out efforts like this need to be commended in a time when everyone just releases singles and EPs. This is an accomplishment. If you have the time to dig into it, there’s a lot to be experienced in this collection of songs.