The second release
from the band Bywater Call -
is like finding the elusive pearl when you're out for an evening of fresh
oysters. No way was I ready for a release like this with a powerful Southern
soul blues/rock mix that had me mesmerized from the opening track and did not
let up while leaving me wanting more (for their next release). This is a
release that will have listeners searching the internet for additional music
from this captivating band. You will run out of accolades when talking about Bywater Call -
Bywater Call - Remain
Away, Lover Down Slow, Remain, Let Me Be Wrong, Left Behind, Sea We Swim, Ties
That Bind, Fortune, Go Alone, Locked, Bring It Back
Personnel: Meghan Parnell: Lead Vocals; Dave
Barnes: Guitars; Stephen Dyte: Trumpet and Valve Trombone; Bruce
McCarthy: Drums; Mike Meusel: Bass Guitar; Julian Nalli: Saxophones;
Alan Zemaitis: Keyboard; Tafari Anthony: Background Vocals; Stacie
Tabb: Background Vocals; Marion Allende: Percussion; Renan
Yildizdogan: Mellotron (Let Me Be
Wrong); Ross Hayes Citrullo: Bowed Guitar (Go Alone)
Bywater Call -
was produced by Renan Yildizdogan and released on the Gypsy Soul Records. The release Remain marks the second
release for this dynamic Southern soul, blues/rock band who hail from Canada.
The release opens
with the track Falls Away and the musical ride is underway with Meghan's
powerful vocals and a tight band behind her. The lyrics are captivating blues,
" I ain't heaven bound, but I still hear the sound of angels....I am on my way
home somehow, somehow.....Falls Away...," and coupled with the guitar work of Dave
Barnes you will grab hold waiting for the next track.
The band segued to the
track Lover Down Slow a slower and poignant track with excellent lyrics
"...a helpless victim of your company and all the stars you will never show. Tell
me baby is it hard to recognize the simple sound inside your heart. For the
healing hand is so quick to criticize..." This is one of my favorite songs on a
release with so many to pick from.
The title track Remain
is soulful blues that will tug at your heart, "Lay me down in the ashes of all
we left unsaid. All the many sweet distractions I left occupying my bed, ...you
know I never meant to hurt you, ...I pray you will not just let me go....I Remain,
I remain, I remain....".
The track Let Me
Be Wrong Is a blend of rock, blues and that unique Bywater Call sound along
with Meghan's expressive vocals. The release follows up with the track Left
Behind that leads with an exceptional horn section for a bold big start and
transitions to a solid baseline laying the groundwork for the vocals. The track
Sea We Swim kicks in with a pulsating bass line that along with the
horns and keyboards moves this track along a down and dirty blues sound.
The track Go
Alone is a rousing song that captures all of the elements of the ensemble,
excellent musicianship, impressive lyrics, and solid complementing melodies, so
rock out! The track Locked takes the tempo down and the band sits back
and lets the beautiful voice of Meghan ring true as she digs into this "ballad"
about love and loss; a rich and intense track.
The release closes
out with the track Bring it Back, this is a close out with purpose as
the drums ring in and set the tone for a lively slide guitar fade out, which
will have you hitting repeat on the complete release.
Follow Bywater Call on Twiter (@bywatercall), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bywatercall), Instagram (@bywatercall), and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9fXKP85DRjL6BHQBsSAGQw)
Websites where you
can procure Bywater Call - Remain: Gypsy
Soul Records, Apple
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