Front Country : Impossible World Review
Front Country is a Nashville based ensemble that is built on acoustic sounds and lush vocal harmonies. Front Country released their third album, Impossible World, on October 30, 2020. With a mix of roots rock, Americana, and pop, Front Country has a sound all of their own. On the album, the three present eleven handpicked songs recorded in Nashville. The songs are framed with male and female vocalists, buzzing vocal harmonies, Americana harmonic movements, and traditional country touches. The result is a fusion of styles that defies genre boundaries and claims a sound of its own.
“Miracle” has a soft pop-rock drum beat and a catchy male/female vocal harmonization. Walker’s lead vocals are rich in emotion and tonal characteristics. Her voice shines with particular brilliance and precise pitch without any need of technical gymnastics. The backing music is built on smooth vocal harmonies and subtle instrumental backdrops, and unforced layers of textures. The music saturates the atmosphere as the sounds caress the ears to sweet ecstasy.
“The Reckoning” has beautiful male and female vocal harmonies, flowing violin, and active acoustic guitar. From their beginnings in the SF Bay Area to their new base in Nashville, TN, Melody Walker, Adam Roszkiewicz, and Jacob Groopman have been on a journey to discover a unique country sound. Each member is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, and composer, and as a result, the instrumentation and setting have always been secondary to the song’s musical vision. That comes through on “The Reckoning,” a hopeful prayer that believes we still have time to create a future that works for everyone. The lovely song features cascading harmonies, passionate vocals, and echoing string arrangements, creating a thought-provoking moment of reflection in hope. Their music definitely benefits from their familiarity with many musical influences and lyrical conversations. Here we can enjoy an excellent studio sound and a no-nonsense approach to beautiful singing and playing.
On Impossible World, Front Country continues to push the envelope but still never loses their country/Americana roots infused with pop overtones. To them, their namesake is about sturdy Americana with elements of focused Pop. To us, it is effortless, beautiful music with gorgeous melodies and heartfelt messages.
October 30, 2020