Sam Densmore

Flowers in June EP

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There is nothing flashy or overt about the debut Flowers in June EP from Sam Densmore's Silverhawk, a straight indie rock trio from the former leader of quirky Oregon noise pop band Frequency dB. That lack of flair can also create a first impression that the music offers nothing particularly exciting, and it is partly accurate on one level: the music does have a uniformity of sound that lends further to the impression. The band utilizes the traditional guitar-bass-drums format, and they never diverge from that dynamic, which can occasionally come off a bit to the bland side even over the course of just four songs. But once you dig a bit deeper and allow yourself to enter the music, the strength of the individual songs begins to resonate. And not only is each of the songs strong, but each also has a distinctiveness that belies the music's surface quality, which is unsurprising when you realize that the composition of the tunes spans nearly a decade. Densmore's writing is bold and incisive, peppered with sturdy pop/rock melodies and buoyant, breezy choruses, one moment reaching back to R.E.M.-style jangle rock (the title track) and the next recalling David Bowie (the fabulous "Break Your Crown") via a strangulated but anthemic melody and mood. If you can hear past the sonic sameness, the actual songwriting here is extremely compelling, even adventuresome. Well worth the effort.

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