Title(s): Hope Springs Ephemeral (BandCamp) and Take Me Back Apart / Blues & Kudzu (BandCamp)
Artist: John Moreland (Official, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, BandCamp, Last.fm)
John Moreland has been a busy man as of late. In the past eight months he has put out four releases – Things I Can’t Control (Jul 2010), Hope Springs Ephemeral (Nov 2010), Take Me Back Apart / Blues & Kudzu (Feb 2011), and Earthbound Blues (Apr 2011).
Hope Springs Ephemeral is a three song EP, two of which (“Tombstone Bonus” and “Dirge”) include a full band and the other (“Stoned”) is a solo acoustic number. Take Me Back Apart / Blues & Kudzu is a two song EP, both of which are solo acoustic tracks.
All of the songs on both EPs include Moreland’s signature soulfully rustic vocals and thoughtful lyrics (like the line “You led me straight through hell, but I loved the way it felt" from “Take Me Back Apart,” that one jumped right out at me). The acoustic songs are slow and haunting and the full band songs are rocking numbers.
Both of these EPs are typical John Moreland—in other words fantastic southern tinged rock ‘n’ roll / alt country. If you’re already a fan of Mr. Moreland’s then I highly suggest getting these EPs. If you are new to this Tulsa powerhouse, then you can honestly start anywhere because the man has yet to release anything that isn’t great.
Great for fans of Drag the River, Chuck Ragan, Bruce Springsteen, and The Gaslight Anthem.