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The One AM Radio
This Too Will Pass
Dangerbird Records
www.theoneamradio.com


Upon first listen, The One Am Radio's most recent effort, This Too Will Pass, resembles the work of Elliott Smith. But, this would be discrediting Smith's magnificent songwriting. This Too Will Pass is sporadically similar in production (double tracked vocals and lush acoustics) but mastermind Hrishikesh Hirway is on a different path.

Hirway not only wrote the album, he also arranged the orchestral parts and produced it. The result is a record that can boldly be labeled "Jet Rock". It's a really good disc for a long flight, much like Mazzy Star, Japancakes, or Cowboy Junkies albums. Most songs lie just above a whisper and frequently dip into instrumental breaks. The elegant song "The Echoing Airports" only reinforces this observation.

Even the lyrics on This Too Will Pass speak about "sleep" or "drifting" and seem to unapologetically embrace a drowsy tone that carries from song to song…until you get to track 8. "Fires" is the one exception to the "Jet Rock" label and stands out as a dark, brooding eruption of monk-like vocals and drums. Unless you omit this track from your ipod, you'll most likely wake up 27 seconds into this song.

This Too Will Pass is an interesting mix of instruments including horns, woodwinds, and programmed drumbeats. While some songs like "Our Fall Apart" have a Radiohead stuttering electronic drum pulse, others like "The Harvest" are much more simple acoustic guitar.

Two standout tracks on this album are "Cast Away", which suggests a place between the dream world and the ocean, and "You Can Still Run", the story of a runaway. Both feature real drums and breathy, close mic'd vocals very similar to Neil Halstead of Mojave 3.

Although many of the songs are a bit drowsy, the whole album retains a sparse, beautiful tone and is not void of character. All of the songs are similar in tone, yet the brass, woodwinds, strings, and Beach Boys' harmonies that pepper throughout keep things interesting and differentiate each song. And even if the album does put you to sleep, you have to give this guy credit for having the balls to put oboe on a rock album.

-Jon Murray

Track Listing:
1. The Harvest
2. In The Time We've Got
3. Lest I Forget
4. Mercury
5. Cast Away
6. Our Fall Apart
7. You Still Run
8. Fires
9. The Echoing Airports
10. Coming Back
11. Your Name
12. A Brittle Filament
13. Where I'm Headed


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