Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sunday Morning Coffee:: The Savannah Leigh Band

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Right now, the roots/country/Canadiana scene in Vancouver is booming. With acts like Steve Dawson, Cameron Latimer and Roger Dean Young, the city is soaked in the reverb of pedal steel, much like the ever present rain that floods Vancouver in the winter. Although the Savannah Leigh band may only use pedal steel to add some atmosphere on a few tracks, fans of the more established roots acts in the city are going to fall head over heels for the sounds they create.

The four-piece (stand up bass, acoustic, drums and Savannah Leigh on vocals) stretches the expectations of the scene - whether it's the sweet (but somehow depressing rocker) about the Vancouver rain (City of Grey), an organ heavy, hand clap filled number (Music Is His Mistress - think Grace Potter), a driving, moody pop gem (After a Drink), or straight ahead folk songs like You Were There or the beautiful Under the Stars - the band constantly challenges the listener, but never stray far enough to take the listener out of their comfort zone and change the flow of the record.

But even with all these styles, it was tracks like Killin' Time and These Words that grabbed me right away. The jazzy pop arrangement of the former reminded me of Salena Catalina (and that is always going to be a-ok with me) and the staccato delivery and stand up bass of the latter builds a solid foundation for the catchy track. All in all, the record plays like a good book; constant shifts and unexpected changes that keep your attention.

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