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Pressing Strings (from the album And I For You available on Evil Teen Records) (by Lee Zimmerman)
And I For You, the seventh album by the threesome that call themselves Pressing Strings demonstrates the fact that this Annapolis, Maryland-based trio refuses to be confined to any singular sound. The band — consisting of Jordan Sokel (guitar, vocals), Nick Welker (bass, vocals), and Justin Kruger (drums, vocals) — offers a varied template, one that’s generally upbeat and yet still sturdy enough to make an emphatic impression.
Formed in 2006, the group has shared a formidable recorded catalog as well as a solid East Coast following courtesy of tours that have found them opening for the likes of The Beach Boys, Gov’t Mule, Toad the Wet Sprocket, JJ Grey & Mofro, Rachael Yamagata, Neal Francis, The Toadies, and Jerry Douglas, among others. Combined with their various festival appearances and the fact their music has garnered some six million streams, they’ve continued to make steady progress, putting them in a position to eventually attain headline status all on their own.
The new album ought to affirm that possibility, given the seemingly giddy and engaging sound of “Your Love”, the optimistic overview conveyed through “We Will Be Alright”, and the slow, soulful sway that underscores “When the Morning Comes”. It’s not all immersed in overreached euphoria however; the earnest yet emphatic strains of “Weather the Storm” and a decidedly determined “Mercy” suggest they are intent on making a more exacting impression. So too, the Bluesy shuffle that steers “Oh My My” and “Carousel” ground things to a great degree, while the up-tempo sound of “No One Else” finds Pressing Strings in the grip of a driving delivery.
Still, there’s nothing here that indicates a wholly stoic sensibility, and the fact that the album kicks off with a child’s introduction suggests a lighthearted attitude prevails overall. Ultimately then, And I For You comes across as a generally agreeable effort, one that allows for an easy listen and an effortlessly enjoyable encounter spending time with Pressing Strings. (by Lee Zimmerman)
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