Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Download: Leland -- "And Why"
Singer songwriter Leland's sophomore effore, "The Golden West", released on Rubia Records, is an expansion of the sound she created for her 2004 debut release "Forever." This time around the lush instrumentation and haunting infectious melodies have been rendered in a much more robust rock production. The basic tracks for this entire album were recorded live with a full band over the course of a few days lending an intense, rhythmic, and energized quality to these well crafter avant pop songs. Each song is an epic experience with a build up, crescendo, and magnificent outro section infused with layered vocal instrumental harmonies. Like the songs on her debut "Forever", they are songs with a familiar romantic nostalgic tone steeped in the late 1960s and early 1970s and year are unmistakably now. They are songs describing romantic disappointment, lonlieness, spiritual awakening, the rejuvenating power of nature, and the redemption of love. "The Golden West" is a music odyssey that begins with the solitary acoustic guitar of the title track taking the on a desolate journey of lost love in the Old West. The next ten successive tracks bathe the listener in lush orchestration, musical movements, crescendos and vocal harmonies until finally we arrive at the final pristine vocal and acoustic guitar track of The Sound of Music which bookends The Golden West listening journey carefully constructed by Leland and her producer/collaborator Marc Doten.