We Never Asked For This is our short review of a band who thought (or their label/manager/agent/girlfriend thought) that it would be a good idea to send us an email saying “like me! like me! like me!” (more or less).
Today’s blind submission comes from Portland singer-songwriter John Amadon.
Sent to us from our friends at In Music We Trust, Seven Stars grabbed us from the start with it’s opener “Empty Fiction” which plays out like a deep cut from side two of Matthew Sweet’s album Girlfriend. Chimey acoustic guitars that recall the languid ballads of the Kinks or mid-period Stones with plaintive but gorgeous vocal harmonies, we instinctively turned up the volume knowing we’ve landed on something special. The album is primarily this same kind of slow but sprawling country rock sound but it is interspersed with the occasional upbeat number that sounds a bit like Michael Penn or Elliott Smith at their angsty-ist. Smith is obviously an influence on Amadon, his vocal style is very reminiscent, but for the most part SS stands on it’s own, clear of any shadow. If there is one direct thread to Smith, or Sweet or Penn for that matter, it’s the quality of songwriting on hand. A beautiful collection of songs from an artist that we’re excited to see more from. Check it out here.