REVIEW: Hook & Anchor’s self-titled debut album

 photo hookandanchor_cover_zps3897d48c.jpg During a time when it seems the most of today’s pop artists aren’t telling or even creating stories, it’s nice to hear a set of music that does it and still knows how to. The self-titled debut by Portland’s Hook & Anchor (Jealous Butcher/Woodphone) is storytelling done very well, played in a way that is intricate to what is being said and why it’s being said is all a part of listening, you want to react and listen to more to know more. Kati Claborn is the core, the “Hook” if you will, but along with Erik Clampitt, Gabrielle Macrae, Luke Ydstie and Ryan Dobrowski, the “anchors” of this ship, they all display why this union works perfectly, how they all play an equal role that plays music that’s equally sound and in time, profound. Initially the album begins like a great pop albums from the mid to late 70’s or 1980’s, almost like what Bonnie Raitt is capable of doing, before there are string of country and even the blues. A slight twang of the guitar or a roll of the drums help to decorate the atmosphere but regardless of the coloring involved, it’s the stories that you want to listen and keep to, just so you’ll remember it and find a way to relate to, if they don’t immediately do so upon first listen. Hook & Anchor play music for people of varied tastes, listeners will find something of interest while at the same time finding something new that will eventually be satisfying to the ears and mind. Whether it’s country or the pop sentiments that capture people first, it’s the rest of it that will keep everyone around for a long time.

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