As a mainstream country music fan, I was surprised I enjoyed this album as much as I did. This latest record comes after a difficult couple of years for Felix but he’s channeled his trials and tribulations into his songwriting, taking this record to some dark places at times.
With the theme of driving, he recalls ghosts and coping mechanisms of the past as he tries to deal with losing his Dad. With cinematic and hypnotic soundscapes as a backdrop, the album plays host to thought-provoking lyrics and inspiring melodies, focus song ‘Let Your Love Rain Down On Me’ is an example of this.
Another favourite comes in the form of ‘Think I’m Alright Now’, featuring laid-back percussion, the song focuses on the emergence of hope – a light in the dark, so to speak. Felix’s baritone voice is the centrepiece of the whole record.
There is a clear evolution for Curse of Lono on this third album but the trajectory of the band looks promising.