And so it came about that two songwriters from Nashville, Ashley E Norton and Edward A Williams, banded together to form a band, the trio was completed with Stephanie Groot. Settled in the field of indie folk, the music was fed by various influences from folk, rock, jazz and even a little bit of classical music, dressed in typical music of the singer / songwriter genre. The Anchor is now the first full-length album (after three EPs), and the trio has been expanded to include several musicians, and I have to anticipate – bassist Patrick Hershey has been a lucky choice as he sets his playing on acoustic and electric basses true accents. But of course, the other musicians are indispensable for this individual overall sound.
The title song opens the door to very interesting music, here very tender in expression, and a bit reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel, or I can think of a band that I once loved because of their melancholy-dreamy sound – Parrish & Toppano, maybe someone else knows it. (?) “Deaf, Dumb, and Blind” rumbles in jazzy climes, carried elastically by the bass and with fine violin sounds, but after about a minute a short poppy interlude comes, then it’s back Finger snap announced. Otherwise, plenty of folk determines the mood, usually in a modern indie robe.
The bassist gets his feature with “Interlude” and introduces several basses, hard popping to delicately stroking, and afterwards “Are You There?” Flows quite airily, a very pleasant and happy song with the support of the Whitherward Chorus’. “Haunted By Me” is a very fine folk song with a slightly British twist, from the folk movement of the late sixties / early seventies, and “Teeth” sneaks with a very subtle blues feeling very lascivious, and so you can be in good spirits in view of the interestingly arranged music, which at the end receives an additional nuance, only piano and vocals at “Wasteland”, until then a short string arrangement interferes. A small gag then at the end of the song, with the lines “realize that’s all the same”, hooks the play from 3:54.