Hailing from Black Mountain, North Carolina, this solo project of multi-instrumentalist songwriter Seth Kauffman brings in Band Of Horses' Bill Reynolds to assist with the mix, and this partnership works well. Floating Action will appeal to BOH or Wilco fans, as this is similarly understated and classy roots-edged rock, dipping it's fingers into Brian Wilson-era Beach Boys stylings, moody psychedelia, classic rock, and proto-country. Kauffman's lazy summertime laments are instantly approachable, making "Desert Etiquette" listenable through multiple spins. With a slackerly vocal timbre akin to Thurston Moore at times, and recalling Jim James' echoey innocence at other times, Kauffman's timeless tunes are similarly warm, inviting, and charming.
"The Balance" is a memorably elegaic and graceful slice of swaying chamber pop, with a killer melody. "Please Reveal" is so sweet and innocent, it could be an Every Brothers song, if not for the more modern production. "Eye Of A Needle" is a laid-back pop song with a haunting undercurrent. "Ambientador" spaces out for a few minutes, and the closer, "10 Rogue River" is almost funky, closing out an enjoyable listening experience and bookending a fine album. (Park The Van Records)
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