Son Volt - Electro Melodier (2021) [Official Digital Download 24/48]

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Son Volt - Electro Melodier (2021) [Official Digital Download 24/48]

Son Volt - Electro Melodier (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Front Cover | Time - 55:00 minutes | 499 MB
Folk Rock, Americana | Label: Transmit Sound, Official Digital Download

2020 was not quite what Jay Farrar was expecting for the 25th anniversary of Son Volt, the band he started in 1995 after leaving the seminal group Uncle Tupelo, whose No Depression album helped define the alt-country and Americana genre. The group had just finished an Outlaw Country Cruise when the pandemic hit and sent them into their homes on lockdown.

Instead of a triumphant tour marking the illustrious landmark, Farrar was forced indoors by the pandemic, and his “Reverie” during that time helped define Electro Melodier, Son Volt’s 10th studio album – and third for influential Nashville indie Thirty Tigers. The title, taken from the names of two vintage amplifiers from the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, also describes the disc’s unique blend of folk, country, blues, soul and rock – an electric troubadour with melodies that hit and stick. Social protest songs like “Living in the U.S.A.” and “The Globe,” the former about the promises of this nation gone wrong, the latter referencing the street protests accompanying the Black Lives Matter movement, exist side by side with odes to long-term relationships (specifically his 25-year marriage) in “Diamonds and Cigarettes” and “Lucky Ones.”

Once again accompanied by the current Son Volt line up – keyboardist/steel guitarist Mark Spencer, bassist Andrew Duplantis, guitarist Chris Frame and drummer Mark Patterson – Farrar takes a slight turn from 2019’s politically pointed Union to a series of songs that asks questions rather than demanding answers – think of “Living in the U.S.A.” as Farrar’s version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” or Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power,” an anthem to unite the populace.

One listen to Electro Melodier, which opens with “Reverie,” describing Farrar’s contemplative state gazing out his window, enlivened with Mark Spencer’s “Wichita Lineman” guitar riffs and the lush Big Star melodies, and you wonder why no other rock ‘n’ roll bands or singer/songwriters are making albums like this about what we’re all going through.

The songs of Electro Melodier help remind us to be thankful of what we still have – new music from Jay Farrar and Son Volt.

1. Reverie (03:35)
2. Arkey Blue (04:18)
3. The Globe (03:38)
4. Diamonds and Cigarettes (03:54)
5. Lucky Ones (05:17)
6. War on Misery (05:07)
7. Living in the USA (04:54)
8. Someday is Now (03:33)
9. Sweet Refrain (03:23)
10. The Levee on Down (03:22)
11. These Are the Times (03:09)
12. Rebetika (02:45)
13. The Globe / Prelude (03:37)
14. Like You (04:23)

foobar2000 1.4.1 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2021-07-29 20:09:38

Analyzed: Son Volt / Electro Melodier

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR9 -0.77 dB -10.55 dB 3:36 01-Reverie
DR9 -0.77 dB -10.92 dB 4:18 02-Arkey Blue
DR9 -0.77 dB -10.77 dB 3:38 03-The Globe
DR9 -0.78 dB -11.33 dB 3:55 04-Diamonds and Cigarettes
DR9 -0.77 dB -12.15 dB 5:17 05-Lucky Ones
DR11 -1.35 dB -15.33 dB 5:07 06-War on Misery
DR8 -0.77 dB -11.09 dB 4:54 07-Living in the USA
DR9 -0.77 dB -11.76 dB 3:34 08-Someday is Now
DR9 -0.78 dB -10.87 dB 3:23 09-Sweet Refrain
DR11 -0.78 dB -14.02 dB 3:23 10-The Levee on Down
DR8 -0.77 dB -10.56 dB 3:09 11-These Are the Times
DR12 -0.78 dB -15.07 dB 2:45 12-Rebetika
DR10 -0.77 dB -11.98 dB 3:37 13-The Globe / Prelude
DR11 -0.77 dB -13.53 dB 4:24 14-Like You

Number of tracks: 14
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 48000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1146 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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