Elusive Scottish band/one man outfit The Son(s) are back with their new EP Leviathan, a follow up to their eponymous debut album.
With this release, the band (if they are a band anymore) have supplied another great example of how Americana doesn’t necessarily have to be derivative – the Last Son has stamped his own identity into each tune, with a unique flair for compelling lyrics, laid back soundscapes and just enough personality to bring it all together.
There are elements of The Beta Band and even, dare I say it, Pink Floyd in some tracks – particularly “Half Lived” with its the multitracked vocals and reverb soaked guitar. The stand out tune on the EP has to be if “I Hear You Talk Apostrophes Again…”. It’s a song that everyone has attempted to write at some point in their musical career, but very few have managed to pull off. The Son(s) have struck the balance between a meat and potatoes blues rock standard with simple, yet compelling lyrics, to create a tune that you’ll listen to again and again and again. It’s a departure from their typical sound, but it works beautifully, and doesn’t sound out of place on the EP.
All in all, Leviathan is a must for anyone who fell in love with The Son(s) debut album. If you’re new to the band, then it’s as good a starting point as any.
Leviathan is released via Olive Grove Records. You can pick it up from The Son(s) Bandcamp page.