Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bradford Loomis and Beth Whitney The Banner Days CD Review

The Banner Days begins with My Beloved. The track immediately ties together the two constituent vocals to make for a rich and fulfilling sound, while the arrangements that are present during this introductory track pus the effort into an entirely new realm. Loomis and Whitney create a style of music that deftly ties together country, indie, and singer-songwriter formats into something that will keep listeners on the edges of their seats. Come Dance With Me begins with an interesting dynamic between guitars and drums before opening into a comfy and intimate approach. The duo’s ability to gradually increase and decrease the tempo, all while taking up the standards of myriad esoteric styles and approaches, is precisely the reason why The Banner Days is such a stellar outing.

From Dust to Dust is a dust-swept track that is as much Wilco as it is Natalie Cole and The Wallflowers. The slightly rough-hewn rock touches present on the track provides further replay value, increasing the act’s momentum as they move into Song In My Head. Song In My Head is a twinge more indie than the other cuts on this title, and pushes the band into a Matt & Kim type of dynamic. The album ends with Wanted Man, a track that touches upon the disparate genres broached during previous efforts to create a microcosm of the band’s styles in four minutes.

The Banner Days is produced brilliantly, ensuring that any of the title’s seven tracks could easily make it onto radio rotation. Make it a point to visit Loomis and Whitney’s website for further information about the act, tour dates, and further information about the album.

Top Tracks: Come Dance With Me, From Dust to Dust

Rating: 8.6/10

Bradford Loomis and Beth Whitney The Banner Days CD Review / 2014 / 7 Tracks /