Seth Yacovone

Standing on the Sound

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Releasing four CDs by the time you're 22 is quite a feat, but then again, Seth Yacovone is not your average young musician. Yacovone consistently and diligently churns out material, the quantity and quality of which leads one to believe that he spends countless hours holed up in a room alone, searching his life's experiences for meaningful lyrical ideas and attaching catchy melodies to them as they pour out of his soul. That's the picture that comes to mind when listening to Standing on the Sound, a collection of tunes that melds rock, blues, jazz, country, and Latin genres while forming a nifty little window into the life of a young man from Vermont. It was recorded in the band's home state, primarily at The Barn Studio, owned by Phish's Trey Anastasio. Some of the lyrical themes here are actually quite sad: being misunderstood, lack of support, oppression, missed opportunities, and various forms of emotional pain and despair. Funny, then, that the music itself is generally of an uplifting nature. Some of the tunes falter in their construction, throwing a few too many curveballs in terms of shifting rhythms and grooves that are halted midstream in favor of a complete turnaround into something altogether different. But as always with this band, kick-ass execution makes the music hard to resist. The playing of all three members is strong, and Yacovone's voice absolutely soars throughout. Guest Chas Eller adds some very nice piano, especially on "All." The second half of "Sweat Sauce" is Yacovone-meets-Santana, with wailing guitar riffs drifting on top of a thick, ever-building bassline and cymbals a flyin'. "The Untitled One" is arguably the album's best cut, getting down to business immediately by coming right out of the gate with a white-hot guitar line. Yacovone has an obvious soft spot for country -- and a great feel for it too -- exemplified here by "Breathe Easy" and "Nighttime Fades," an easy, acoustic album closer. The Seth Yacovone Band is creating quite a buzz in jam band land. It's only a matter of time before everyone else knows who they are too.

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