Released June 16, 2015
by Graham White
Listening to Greg Drummond’s recently released album Drive is akin to dancing in a barn after a lengthy overnight road trip. Rhythmic and surprisingly distinguishable for the indie-folk genre, Drive takes listeners up melodic mountains and down soulful streams, playing their heartstrings like a violin.
A perfect album for a long drive (as the album title and opening track suggest), Drummond paints with his surpassingly beautiful voice on the canvas that is the layered and heartwarming musicality embodied by brass, string and percussive elements.
Drummond seems to be poised on the cusp of something great, with tracks that are both familiar and fresh wrapped in a melancholic attitude. It is almost certainly the vocality that draws me into the album, as it beckons me to take a summer drive through the prairies with the windows rolled down. With a deep and expressive voice taking over their ears, listeners are hypnotized in a summery haze, enraptured by its fluidity and tonal quality.
With tracks like Against the Sun and Singing a Song taking a laid-back approach against the up-beat and boot-stomping Lily and Our Time is Now, the album has superb dynamic range. How any country loving listener could be emotionally removed from this album is a mystery to me. It is an album that demands the attention of my dancing boots as it connects with my soles. Listeners should definitely keep their ears open for tracks such as Drive, Our Time is Now, and Man on the Hill. They are distinct gems in a barrel of rubies, treasures in a sea of gold. I can only look forward to what Drummond creates next, for I am sure it will be full of the sincerity and beauty I have heard in this album. Truly an album to curl up with next to a campfire, while being the most agreeable backseat driver.