What's the haps People of the Internet?! Still talking about Beck, Kanye, and Beyonce? Well stop it! Cause it's time to read about the new split from Chico/Redding native ZACH ZELLER and Fresno's BROTHER LUKE!Brother Luke / Zach Zeller (Chico/Fresno/Redding, CA)
Acoustic folk with melodies for days! That's pretty much all that needs to be said about the excellent split from these two Central Valley songwriters. Zeller's silky voice lends a calming vibe to legit heartwarming tunes. Conversely Brother Luke (AKA Luke Freeman) specializes in belted yodels that engage and energize. Contrasts man, it's a cool thing.
What's most compelling to this lapsed Catholic is that the subject of God pervades almost every song. Zeller wrestles with temptation in "At The Foot Of My Bed" while Freeman proclaims his faith in the Lord on "Waves are Deep Waves are cool". The spirit of Freemans songs in particular are refreshing given their focus on the more universal aspects of spirituality, namely love and faith. The tracks avoid the thornier aspects of faith and religion that tend to get people riled up these days.
Though both singers slang acoustics by trade, their attention to orchestration makes the album more than just a typical folk fest. Zeller excels at evoking a quaint backwoods dance on album favorite "This Old Soul" by including touches of dusty violin and banjo. Likewise Freemans "Train Your Arms" adds melting slide guitar to his somber strums and mystic allusions, giving the song a dreamlike quality.
Like I said, oh fine people of the Shire; get this album! It's music that's good for the mind and good for the soul.
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