American Authors recently dropped Seasons, a 10-track collection of songs blending pop, rock, and hip-hop flavors.
As seasons change, so do cultures and circumstances. On American Authors latest album, the band transforms those cyclical changes into a dynamic musical journey.
Vocalist Zac Barnett explains, "we had to go through all of these experiences and moments of experimentation to reach this body of work, which is the most genuine and pure thing we've ever done. It encompasses every season of our music: the ups, the downs, the highs, the lows, and everything in between. We let go of where we started, fell into the place of writing from the heart, and captured what came out naturally."
The entry point on the new album is"Stay Around," a pop-flavored alt-rock tune full of bright synths, echoing guitars, and delicious falsetto. "Say Amen" features Billy Raffoul, whose voice perfectly complements Barnett's. Full of tight gospel textures, the tune exudes intense passion, along with electrifying choir-like harmonies.
"Neighborhood" rides gentle melancholic hues and flows into a smooth iridescent tune emanating poignant, nostalgic surfaces. "Before I Go," a clear standout, opens on a stuttering guitar riff backed by thick, heavy synths. Barnett's rasping tones give the tune incredible sincerity, especially when the radiant gospel-like harmonies enter. Seasons is rife with gleaming colors, captivating melodies, and ineffable vocals supported by burnished harmonies–a stellar album from the veteran rockers.
Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.
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