Rating: DIG IT!
Campfire OK is a new band out of Seattle that is really turning heads. Their sound is a refreshing blend of Americana, Indie and Folk. They had been shaking up the music scene in Washington, but a chance meeting between the lead singer, Mychal, and the founder of Ana-Them Records, Cedric Ross, started the conversation that led to a record deal. “Strange Like We Are,” set for release on Feb. 5, is a real treat for your ears.
The quintet starts off the album with “We Lay in Caves,” which has a steady bass line and is ambient with piano and vocals; this track is somewhat reminiscent of Fleet Foxes. While at some times strong and steady, at others light and milky, the piano is an omnipresent part of this album. A slick bass line is just underneath the surface, but it keeps you bouncing along. A subtle banjo part is a running theme among tracks, being most prominent in the second track, “Hard Times.” “Primp and Prune” offers a jazzy escape from the Indie and Americana influences in the previous nine songs. This track incorporates finger snapping to keep rhythm at times, which is a nice touch. Following is the 11th installment on this album, entitled “You Would Owe Me.” While it follows similar vibes to the album’s third through eighth tracks, there is a keyboard part that I’m not sure I can agree with. To round out the album, “Mexico N-O” brings what I did not expect — muddy instrumentals that reflect the rainy mood portrayed through lyrics.
Campfire OK’s debut album has a number of strong tracks that will definitely help it rise up the indie-pop charts; pay particular attention to “We Lay in Caves,” “Strange Like We Are,” “Not Young Not Old,” “Bleach Blonde,” and “Primp and Prune.” Though not for every indie fan, their sound is likely to please fans of bands such as Fleet Foxes, Guster, and, dare I say it, Feist. Fans of Ben Gibbard, the lead vocalist for Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service, may especially enjoy the vocals on this album. If you have a paper or a road trip in your near future, consider rewarding yourself with a copy of ”Strange Like We Are,” and you’ll have nothing but smooth sailing.