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The Slambovian Circus of Dreams

A Box of Everything
 

Slambovian circus of dreams
Here is a “best of” album by a band that’s not exactly a household name, nor does it have any hit songs. But don’t let that dissuade you. They’re a tight ensemble that plays an arresting mix of rock, folk, and psychedelic music that can call to mind anyone from Tom Petty to Neil Diamond to the Beatles.

Lead guitars are handled more than ably by Sharkey McEwen, who plays melodic solos, biting slide, and churning, loud electric rhythms. Joziah and Orien Longo supply the lead vocals, and each has a unique quality of voice; their beautiful vocal harmonies highlight several cuts on the record.

Whether it’s a love song with power chords and great flourishes like the title cut or the melancholy of “Sunday In The Rain,” with haunting slide guitar over quiet acoustic, the band knows how to mix it up and get a unique and beautiful sound.
Lyrically the band can be serious (“Lost Highway”), disarmingly funny (“A Very Unusual Head”), or anything in-between.
This compilation serves as the perfect introduction to this fine band.

This article originally appeared in VG‘s September ’14 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.

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