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Third time’s a charm on Shock Out of Season, Friendship’s third offering since their formation in 2015. Their new album is a progressive, country and folk recipe that expands upon its roots to create a dreamscape equal parts exciting and enchanting. The vocal delivery and projection could sound more inspired, but the honest character of each song is the prevailing force behind Friendship’s new album.
Echoing drums counter a luminous ringing on a cloudy first track. “A Few Weeks” would be the primary representation from Shock. The song has a strong, introductory platform from which it grows. Bass emerges before some delayed vocals carry the tune. You can almost see the chosen chords being picked, they’re so clear and crisp. A more complete atmosphere is created on this six and a half minute, sprawling beauty.
Vocals are applied in more comfortable spaces on the back end of the tracklist. On “Fuzzy,” there’s heartbeat that pulses throughout the song. It’s a palpable cadence that gives the tune a soul. The minimalism that Shock exudes is founded on its twangy, charismatic guitar. In the case of “Workhorse,” it creates a warm vibrance.
The fivesome really finds their groove on songs like “Sal”, “A Few Weeks”, and “Skip To The Good Part”. A young band still, Friendship has identified itself as a group with country roots and hazy soundscape. On Shock Out of Season, Orindal Records delivers not only a fine product, but an artist with a clear voice.