Americana down under
Steve Smith may be from Sydney, but like so many songwriters who hail from out of town, he's proving himself an expert in americana.
And the aging. While the genre is probably more of a catchall than something tangible, there isn't a better sound for reflection. One of the things you will learn as you get older is that rushing through life is overrated. Life happens when you take a breath. Or three.
These energetic pieces ramble pleasantly. There's some gentle wisdom and more than a few tasty licks. Some hooks bite sharper than others. This isn't exactly sunset music, but it works well as a preparation for that time of day. It'll get you through the last tasks before the time comes to lay down your burden for the day.
Brilliant? Probably not. But Fallon Cush, which is a band and not simply a pseudonym, has a firm grasp on its sound and what it collectively wants to do. There's no hesitation here; just well-hewn songs. Workingman's americana is not a bad place to rest at all.
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