Waiting for a text back has to be one of the most anxiety-inducing events ever. I need a distraction and need to stop obsessively checking my phone so how about we jump into some new music starting with Modern Fools’ brand new album ‘Seer’.
“So Long” kicks off this new album with an undeniable sense of power and comfort. The power that comes with this track isn’t the kind of power that I typically write about. It’s not in your face, not aggressive but it has a power that instantly makes you calm down and that’s exactly what I needed tonight. The vocals are warm and inviting and country undertones brought a sense of calm all around me with ease. A beautiful track to kick off what is sure to be a beautiful album, I couldn’t wait to see what else would be in store for me.
“Byrd Cage” has a little bit of a more bluesy edge to it that instantly drew me in. An extremely emotive guitar lick draws you in before the calming vocals, which are clearly a trademark of Modern Fools, come in and sweeps you away. With beautiful rises and falls throughout this track, I found myself completely lost in the movement and felt terrible that I hadn’t paid more attention to the time clock because, before I knew it, it was over and “Automatic” had started playing. At just over five minutes long, “Automatic is the longest track on this album but it doesn’t feel like it. I really cannot stress the amount of comfort that Modern Fools brings with their music and this track is pure proof of that. Although I have been obsessing over my phone since noon just waiting for a text back, I found myself pushing my phone away from me and just letting this song take over my house, body, spirit, and mind.
I felt like the first three songs had put me in a dream-like stance so it seemed only fitting that the next track was titled “Dreamin”. Although not as spacey as “Automatic”, there’s no denying the dreamscape that “Dreamin'” creates. The way the guitar mimics the vocals in this track made this an instant favorite of mine. Although still definitely a bit more low-key than I tend to go, there’s a driving energy in this track that gave me a feeling of floating in my soul. Just following the dazzling guitar work as it sang above everything else was a very pure feeling and moment.
The mood shifts ever-so-slightly as the album moves into “Moon”. You get a more of the bluesy vibe that came through during “Byrde Cage” with its slow and steady beat. This is a great slow dance song without verging into the world of sappy whiskey-drinking songs which is surprisingly a hard line to balance. Sadly, my cats were nowhere to be found so I found myself just swaying back and forth in my desk chair all alone like a fool but with a smile on my face. That swaying and smiling continued into “New Year” but it got amped up a bit. I loved how these two songs feel so connected while being so different. Although the slow guitar and steady beat is constant, something just feels a bit more upbeat about “New Year”.
“Cold Stone” is the moment when I finally heard that sad and slow whiskey-drinking sound vibe that I knew was coming. It hit me like a ton of bricks. Although the lyrics and vocals are beautiful throughout this album, they really got shown in beautiful light for this track and it instantly had me sold. This was another favorite of mine but, then again, I’m a sucker for slow songs like this. Even though this song had me lost in my own thoughts about why I still hadn’t gotten a text back, the vocals brought an undeniable sense of comfort to my soul as if telling me it’s okay to stress and worry but, in the end, everything is going to be fine. I seriously can not put into words how much I needed this track tonight.
Thankfully, “Family Rose” came in like a splash of cold water to the face and brought a more upbeat vibe back to the table. One of the brighter songs on this album, I loved the way this followed up such a sad track. I don’t typically notice song placement in albums but the way this album has been put together is pure genius and it sadly makes it feel like it’s moving much faster than it is and, before I knew it, “Give In” had taken over my speakers signing the end of this amazing journey. There’s something triumphant and anthemic about “Give In” which truly makes it the best ending to this album. I loved how every song made me feel a certain way during this album yet it ended with me having a smile on my face and feeling comforted and energized while helping me keep my zen that is sure to last through the rest of my night regardless of if I get that text back or not.
My Favorite Track(s): “Dreamin'”; “Cold Stone”
For Fans Of: Slow Dancing; Southern Twang; Country Undertones; Beauty
Daydream-ability: 8 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Both cats slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 6 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 7 out of 10
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