Lee Harvey Osmond from the album Mohawk available on Latent Recordings
For songwriters that use themselves, their lives, and the world that surrounds them as ink to tell tales, releases that follow the songs into a recording studio tend to mirror the day-to-day of the artist on the album cover. That is where Mohawk, the recent release from Lee Harvey Osmond, finds the man behind the musical collective moniker, Tom Wilson, embarking a new mission. In his fifties, Tom discovered his heritage, relating that Mohawk‘is a story of finding your way home. It’s a story of adoption, of growing up thinking you’re a big, sweaty, Irish guy, and finding out at the age of 53 that you’re a Mohawk’. The music of the title track is sleepy from the hum of wheels taking Lee Harvey Osmond to the Kahnawake reserve, just outside of Montreal, Canada, the home of his biological parents. Lee Harvey Osmond glides over Mohawkon a noir mood colored with touches of Jazz, Blues, and Rock, crying “BAM” on a rhythmic current punctuated with piano rambles and wandering horns while the LHO collective slowly exhibit “Magic”, feel the “Burn of Love” with lightly picked guitar notes and count out “Forty Light Years” on a Blue boogie.
A rhythmic bounce enters Mohawkon the first cut, “Colours” bubbling under Tom Wilson’s verbal recital of the story drifting like mist over the melody. Produced by Michael Timmins (“Cowboy Junkies”), Mohawkcovers a tune from the producer’s band with “Common Disaster”. Lee Harvey Osmond readies for the coming night as the collective takes on “Whole Damn World” and confesses “What I Loved About You” on a rhythmic rumble while Mohawkputs a train track beat underneath “Kingdom Come” when the band crawls to heavenly gates through a rock’n’roll dream storyline.
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