Being sick sucks. You feel like you’ve lost some immunity challenge and the idea that you’re a weakling settles into your mind. I lost the battle this weekend and am now sitting with too much Emergen-C and pills listening to The American Spirit’s Season of Violence or Mourning, Protest & The Birth of Bishop Killborne. Talk about a mouth full. My head is cloudy but I can still tell that this is for those who aren’t into the mainstream. Fans of this type of Indie Folk like things a little obscure but always natural.
The record begins with a very dreamy, weary “Are You Listening To Me?” That was a soft start and almost lost me but the marriage between the harmonica and banjo in “Going My Own Way” managed to keep me around. The vocals were the best and found in “I’ve Been Lost” but I didn’t feel the heart of what was being sung until “Season of Violence.” Between those sat “The News Today,” which was lyrically the best and a throwback to the hippies left hanging around in the ‘70s with “All Night.”
Refusing to take a nap as there’s more to be done like post this and apply for jobs, I will leave you with this – if you’re a fan of indie music that has a folk wrapping and isn’t over the top, just easygoing…Then The American Spirit is for you. If this is the case, please take a second out of your day to check out Season of Violence or Mourning, Protest & The Birth of Bishop Killborne, out now.