Johnny Bertram & the Golden Bicycles

Days That Passed

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Johnny Bertram & the Golden Bicycles favor faded, monochromatic photographs taken of a Death Valley-like terrain around the turn of the 20th century for the front and back covers of their debut full-length album, Days That Passed, signaling that Bertram's songs and the group's arrangements have a nostalgic, Western feel. Bertram sings in a calm, vulnerable tenor, his lyrics evoking sad stories of people living on the margins, as the group creates shimmering, country-tinged pop/rock music featuring banjo, mandolin, violin, accordion, and various keyboards. It's a sweet, melodic sound that may remind listeners of the calmer aspects of the Band or Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

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