For a band of three, Graveyard Lovers have a lot of sound wrapped up in their debut album Dreamers. Due in part to the formative years founding member Zach Reynolds spent in New Orleans, Graveyard Lovers’ sound spans genres like garage rock, blues, folk, and even a bit of grunge as drummer Tricia Purvis and bassist Orion Wainer join Reynolds as the guitarist takes command of the vocals. Based in Brooklyn, NY, the trio has previously released two EPs but has never put forth a record containing more than five tracks – until now.
Dreamers takes listeners on a journey from ballad to rocker and calm folk to aggressive rock, traversing tempos and styles in the pursuit of a substantial musical sampling. The album opens with “Manifesto,” a track taken from the band’s latest 2012 EP of the same name that immediately introduces Reynolds’ voice as a raw and tangible element that simultaneously focuses the group’s sound and widens its reach. On the album’s title track, Graveyard Lovers exhibit their folksy side with an added rock edge, enlisting harmonica refrains to augment the song’s bouncing guitar lines. While “Dreamers” demonstrates a thorough genre eclipse, the sleepy “From My Window” stands in stark contrast to the lively “Nameless” as the former streams dreamlike qualities that mirror the album’s title and the latter exists as a true-blue garage rock track.
Graveyard Lovers weave hints of blues throughout Dreamers – elements that are easy to catch while listening but which are clearly evidence of just one influence this band draws from. Unsurprisingly, “Piedmont Blues” is the most potent blues song on the album, a six minute-long track that utilizes rolling rhythms beneath Reynolds’ soft narration in a clear callback to Southern blues styles. Considering the layered movement built into “Piedmont Blues,” the only real issue with the song is that it isn’t any longer. This is a band that does well with extended blues numbers: just imagine what they could do with a few additional minutes tacked on to “Piedmont Blues,” or even to the solo-happy “Love and Hunger.” Interested listeners will have to wait to see the band live for answers on how they might mix things up; until then, Graveyard Lovers welcomes the official release of Dreamers in September.
The Review: 7.5/10
Can’t Miss Tracks
– Piedmont Blues
The Big Hit
– Piedmont Blues
Review by Meghan Roos