Often descriptions of bands fall into the equation of "this well known group
plus this other established act plus a few adjectives." But some bands defy this
shorthand, offering something so pure & true that its roots aren't apparent.
Everest is this sort, taking us down to foundational rock truths with an easy
glide and expansive vision. While one can draw some clues from the folks they've
toured with - Neil Young, Wilco, My Morning Jacket - ultimately Everest is
simply a great rock ‘n' roll band in the classic, open-minded mold, something
boldly apparent on their sophomore release, On Approach.
On Approach is a bold album that bolts out of the gate with an enveloping sound
capable of filling large spaces, both in the outside world and between one's
ears. In broad strokes, it hits the sweet spot between stratospheric, stadium
size rock and gorgeous, emotionally charged pop craftsmanship. From infectious
and thumping opener "Let Go" through heavy rocker "I've Had This Feeling
Before," the sweet humming, "Keeping The Score," the naked romance of "Dots,"
the haunting, spacious roots rock of "East Illinois" and "Fallen Feather," and
culminating in the boiling over cascade of closer "Catalyst," On Approach moves
with a focused, switched-on intensity that announces the arrival of one of the
most engaged rock units today.
On Approach isn't just an assemblage of random tracks, but a classic two-sider
vinyl kind of album, where the full resonance and weight of it can only be felt
by taking the full ride. Everest is this sort of band, too, one that strives for
something more than three-minutes in the spotlight. These guys are lifers and
the music they make is built for lifetimes, maintaining some elusive core that
rewards one with each new spin.
With guitars that range from bright and chiming to tense and meandering,
harmonies that are both delicate and pastoral, and Pollard's gentle, hazy
vocals, On Approach is indeed reminiscent of a bygone era, a time before the
Internet, when albums were still an art form and stories were told on vinyl. But
as it exudes timelessness, as it ebbs from rustic grooves into hushed lullabies,
it also asserts itself as something very of the here and now - something that is
more than the sum of its parts.
• 180g Vinyl
• Pressed at Record Industry
• Single pocket Stoughton jacket
• Printed Inner Sleeve
1. Let Go
2. I've Had This Feeling Before
3. Keeping the Score
5. Unfortunate Sea
6. East Illinois
7. Fallen Feather
8. House of 9's
9. Tall Buildings
10. The Rush