The Delavantes (from the album A Thousand Turns available as a self-release) (by Dave Steinfeld)
The stress of touring and creating new music often causes bands to take a break and rest their collective psyche. Then there’s The Delevantes. They are returning to the studio after a Rip Van Winkle length rest. Their new album, A Thousand Turns, is their third album, but their first in over twenty years. After being at the forefront of the initial Americana scene in the mid 90’s, they hit the pause button - hard. After a long pause indeed, they are picking up where they left off, with jangly guitars, insightful lyrics, and memorable Folk/Rock rhythms.
The lead track, “All in All”, shakes off the rust and dust as the band hits that jangly, Byrds/REM Country Rock sweet spot. Expressing the joy of finding true love, they sing, ‘there was a time I did not know. And the night hung deep and low. I had no idea that there could be - all in all, you and me’. Aided by cheery harmonica notes, the song captures the profound happiness of finally seeing the daylight after a long period of emotional darkness.
“Dear Kate”, is another peppy harmonica laced Americana gem that celebrates a woman whose smile lights up the room. “Light Of Your Eyes”, tells a similar story from a slightly different perspective. They add “Incense and Peppermints” style psychedelic guitars to “The Junkman”, to tell the story of unscrupulous car repair chop shops. “Short Bed Blues”, captures a Sheryl Crow, Indie Rock vibe. And “This Old House”, incorporates an irresistibly catchy vocal bridge to recount a man’s love for his money pit house.
Clearly influenced by Bob Dylan, The Byrds, and Tom Petty, the band infuses every song with catchy, rootsy melodies. The vocal harmonies of band leaders Bob and Mike Delevante recall fellow Americana pioneers, The BoDeans. Moving more in the Folk direction, the brothers harmonize in the Dylan influenced, “I See”. Sending up a prayer for brotherly love, the siblings sing, ‘I see all that was but will be. Let a song of peace and love go tolling high above’. They add subtle Mersey Beat rhythms to the Folk anthem, “The Rain Keeps Falling”. Hammond organ helps set the mood on “Deeper Shade of Blue”. A little funky syncopation helps capture a Josh Ritter Indie Folk feel on “Little by Little”, “Every Sunset” and “If You Let It” recall Everly Brothers style Folk ballad harmonies.
There may not be A Thousand Turns between Folk and jangle Rock, but there are plenty of delightful musical turns to enjoy on this album. No matter how many turns it took them to get here, it’s good to finally hear some new music from Americana originals The Delevantes.
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