Sargent House to release debut album Daydream from Empty Houses on 1st July
Listen to the first single “Falling Away”
which premiered on Noisey
Recorded live in the studio with the help of their friend Tymm Rengers on drums, the album captures the fun its creators had making it, spurred by a love for playing which is evident in the very fabric of the songs themselves. Opening salvo “Better of Me”, a sort of lovelorn ultimatum, wastes no time in showcasing Shea’s bold presence. “I’m in demand”, begin the lyrics, and indeed her passionate voice is difficult to resist. “Daydream”, the title track, is a vintage slice of enchanted melancholy propelled by a rhythm that would do the Funk Brothers proud. Elsewhere, the smoky crooner “Mercy” finds Shea lamenting the passing of time, a theme prevalent, not surprisingly, across the album. “Falling Away”, meanwhile, anticipates love yet unknown, with the singer confiding earnestly, “I welcome in the storm that’s been building all my life”. The bluesy reverb-rock of “Rope” channels Shocking Blue at their best, before the sobering heartbreak of piano ballad “Every Word” sets a more pensive tone. The optimistic, finger-snapping closing track, “Thunderstorms”, mines a hopeful vein, fading out to suggest, perhaps, that its sunny exuberance continues on into infinity.
Awash in piano and horns, harmonizing vocals and traditional song structures untainted by passing fads and studio trickery, Daydream avoids easy categorization, its familiarity and its freshness in remarkable contrast. It’s heart-on-your-sleeves rock n’ roll without pretense or irony, a touchstone signifying a new appreciation for a classic sound. Empty Houses make timeless, joyful music that’s destined to cross boundaries of age and culture.
Daydream will be released in the UK on 1st July via Sargent House.
1. Better Of Me
3. Lost At Sea
4. All I Had
6. Hold Your Hand
7. Falling Away
9. Every Word