Gre­gory Alan isakov

Evening Ma­chines

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Call us crazy, but Evening Ma­chines – the fourth al­bum from Colorado in­die folk-type Gre­gory Alan Isakov - sounds like sun­sets. Po­si­tioned some­where be­tween Ben Howard’s ex­plo­rations and Edward Sharpe’s woozy melody, there’s much to ex­plore in the sound­scapes of the 12 tracks here. Big, balmy pi­anos and twang­ing acous­tics form the base for an al­bum that is mov­ing, calm and su­perbly con­structed. Its ef­fect is a slow per­me­ation: one that evolves and en­velops you in warm, lilt­ing melodies and lit­tle phrases that soon stick in the head and the gut. Like the slow-boiled frog, you’re cooked be­fore you no­tice the heat.

Matt Parker

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