With nods to the Pacific Northwest music scene, Western Daughter’s latest release, Driftwood Songs, transcends genre boundaries. Driftwood Songs is not your classic indie rock album—it’s something much better, ringing with hints of emo and Americana, and opening with a sound reminiscent of The Cranberries’ “Dreams”. It’s a combo we never even knew we needed until Western Daughter did it so well.
As compared to their 2015 release As the Sun Went Down, Driftwood Songs offers a more cohesive look into what the band has to offer. Nowhere is the talent of this band and the appeal of this album better highlighted than with tracks “Busy, Busy, Busy” and “When You Go Out Tonight.” Almost entirely instrumental, track “Busy, Busy, Busy” displays the musical talent behind Western Daughter. Drummer Zachary Sherwood provides a steady beat that carries the song through the dynamic rise and fall of guitars and violin. “When You Go Out Tonight” takes a different approach. With only a single guitar for support, this track highlights lead singer Taylor Hawkins’ distinct vocals and the band’s sincere and introspective songwriting. Lyrics “The river’s moving fast but we still shatter it like glass” and “You’re not alone” bookend the album.
In between lie gems like “I can see the vines from the earth as they prepare to rip right through me” and “Beer bottle stigmata gonna make a believer out of me”, Western Daughter are here to be the soundtrack to your life, and we can’t wait to see what this Boise quintet has ahead of them.
“Busy, Busy, Busy”
“When You Go Out Tonight”
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Written by Natalie DaRe