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The Liquorsmiths - This Book Belong To (Inhesion Records)

7 July 2015

The Liquorsmiths are a trio of folk rockers from San Diego, California, and they are getting ready to release their new record, This Book Belongs To. Over the course of the extended play’s six songs The Liquorsmiths play a gentle, ho-hum kind of folk rock, yet it doesn’t come without a bite, as if they’re Wilco covering Belle & Sebastian songs. From the pleasant shuffle of “Get Well Soon” to the jazzy quirkiness of “Devil I Do,” the band doesn’t knock you over with force, but they casually wipe you out with an emotional and subtly keen sense for storytelling.

Singer Drew Thams’ is the guiding force between much of what makes the group click, with a passionate and heartfelt voice that makes what would otherwise be somewhat pedestrian affairs. But Ryan Fischer’s keyboards and Clayton Payne’s jazzy style of drumming add a unique dynamic rare in folk music. The choir-like harmonies of the EP closer “Day By Day” are positively radiant, and Thams vocals soar gloriously above them. Most songs begin quietly, but few end without slowly building into a swirling tornado of energy. Unassuming yet full of charm, This Book Belongs To is out August 25th, and without a doubt worth getting acquainted with.