Saturday, November 21, 2015

[Bandcamp] The Oh Hellos - Through the Deep, Dark Valley [Folk]

So I'll Come Around, Someday
Artist: The Oh Hellos
Release Date: October 30th, 2012
Genres: Folk
For Fans Of: Lord Huron, Paper Kites, Avalanche City, Civil Wars
Recommended Tracks: The Valley, Eat You Alive, Wishing Well, The Lament, I Was Wrong, Truth Was A Cave

There's something incredibly enduring about The Oh See's Through The Deep, Dark Valley. It's a feeling that isn't common on many albums, especially those in the bluegrass/folk revival sound courtesy of groups like The Lumineers and Mumford and Sons. Maybe it's the dynamics of the female/male vocal duo, maybe it's maybelline.  Whatever it is, there's no denying that this album just has a contagiously easy-going and happy feeling going on in it's warm folksy pluckery. If that's even a word.

Through The Deep,  Dark Valley sounds exactly like it's title suggests. A journey through the darkness and into the light. With it's concept of the struggles of faith, that is to be expected though. Every track rushes forward with comforting energy delivered through the assistance of a female/male vocal duo (and a large group of background chanters) who, with the assistance of a fine arrangement of loud acoustic guitars and various other instruments to subtly boot, enrich the overall chemistry of the vocalists and the dreary songwriting of self-discovery. 

It's an enjoyable record, with songwriting and lyrics that are unforgettable in every instance of the word. This album is a definite one that you should pick up no questions asked. It's also suggested that you listen to it from start to finish for the best experience. 

Stream/Download/Buy Here: Bandcamp

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