Brothers David and Joey were bathed in music from birth, having been brought to their father’s gigs while still babies in bassinets. That being the case, it hardly seems surprising that they fell victim to the lure of the stage as they grew up. Recruiting guitarist Ariel Posen and drummer Ryan Voth to join them, they eventually formed their own band under the banner of The Bros. Landreth.
Beginning to tour around North America in 2013, the country quartet signed with Slate Creek Records the following year. This would lead them to a straw house in their home province of Manitoba, where they teamed up with producer Murray Pulver to put together their inaugural album, Let It Lie.
It opens by strolling into the lackadaisical guitars of “Our Love”, ahead of some pleasant percussion. A solemn and stirring harmony ensues as it proceeds, building towards a display of rollicking riffs. This gets things off to a soft and striking start. “Firecracker” adopts a relaxing rhythm on the way to a gentle melody next. It remains reserved and reassuring for its duration, allowing for a light listen.
Title track, “Let It Lie”, is another simple and serene entry, the restrained refrain of which is amiable and inviting. Some adept instrumental skills are exhibited during the third minute, adding an exciting edge to an otherwise soothing serenade. “I Am the Fool” follows upon a salvo of rousing riffs which blare brilliantly behind a biting melody. It’s much more energetic than its predecessors, arriving as a riveting combination of country and rock that penetrates deep.
A determined drum beat stomps through lazy guitars and vibrant vocals as “Made Up Mind” enters, eventually reaching a catchy chorus. There’s an emotional undercurrent to the whole thing that’s extremely affecting. “Greenhouse” reverberates into poignant piano keys which persist across sobering vocals afterwards. The momentum increases as it progresses, while the lamenting lyrics ensure that it maintains a moving mood.
There’s something very resolute and self-assured about the enthusiastic instrumentation of “Tappin’ on the Glass” as it resounds underneath a heartfelt harmony. It all has an uplifting effect that’s incredibly enthralling. The vigorous velocity and vibrant vocals of “Runaway Train” are exhilarating in its wake. This fast and fervent addition is a lot of fun.
“Nothing” is a tranquil and touching tune that takes its time developing. It carries a strong sense of depth and honesty which makes it forceful despite its sombre and sedate delivery. “Going to the Country” is an invigorating effort when it’s done, containing industrious instrumentation and spirited vocals. This paves the way to “Where Were We”, which is a passionate piece whose placid but pressing presentation creates a compelling conclusion.
The Bros. Landreth have constructed a cordial collection of country compositions that rest easy on the ears. Each offering flaunts an accomplished instrumental execution and solid singing, while its undertone of rock considerably increases its overall accessibility. You can investigate Let It Lie on iTunes now.
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