Los Angeles-based folk trio The Furious Seasons will release their brand-new album, Home All Day, Home All Night, on August 20 via Stonegarden Records.
Talking about the album, the trio says, “During a year of pandemic, political craziness, isolation, and urgent social justice issues, we found a way to write and record 11 songs that cover a variety of subject matters, in 4 different studios, with two producers. During a lifetime of making albums, none of us have ever worked this way. In spite of the physical limitations, it opened our minds to new ways to record and imagine the music that we love making together.”
The album covers an array of topics, including the pandemic, love, aging, childhood memories, and a cover of David Bowie’s “Changes.”
Comprising David Steinhart (guitar, vocals, drums), Jeff Steinhart (bass, piano, organ), and P. A. Nelson (acoustic and electric guitars, dobro, Weissenborn, vocals), the members of The Furious Seasons have vast experience in music, with David Steinhart having toured the U.S. and Europe in Smart Brown Handbag and Pop Art.
The trio has shared the stage with John Hiatt, America, Judy Collins, The Smithereens, and Marshall Crenshaw, among others.
Encompassing a dozen tracks, the album starts off with “Is This Happening,” opening on a SoCal soft folk melody rippling with glistening guitars and plush, creamy vocals. Hints of early Eagles give the tune a magnetic allure.
Highlights include “We Go Down,” a gorgeous love song featuring layers of sparkling guitars atop a quiescent bassline, giving the tune a gentle throbbing cadence. Velvety vocals imbue the lyrics with warm savors.
“Long Vacation” conjures up memories of Poco, blending an enticing rhythmic flow with shiny guitar textures. The roll of the song offers an enthralling soft undulation as charming vocals infuse the lyrics with tender filaments.
Another excellent song, “Puff of Smoke,” travels on glittering guitars supported by an upbeat yet mellow rhythmic pulse. Delicious harmonies give the lyrics vibrant textures. Gliding forth on a measured rhythm and creamy, glowing coloration, “Changes” delivers a luscious version of Bowie’s famous song.
The final track, “7420,” a song about the experiences of a couple during the lockdown, drifts along on dazzling layers of color, while the lyrics tell the tale of isolation:
“You’ll be home all day / We’ll be home all night / Laying low and abstaining / From all of our non-essential activities / They boil down to just four or five things / Still we’re left here with a whole lot of nothing.”
Home All Day, Home All Night is a beautiful album, arranged and performed by master musicians with passion and exquisite sensitivity.