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Second Lovers – Wishers, Dreamers & Liars
Second Lovers are a folk band out of Houston, Texas. Formed in November of 2010, the present-day lineup includes Nicolas Morales (vocal and guitars), Matt Lopez (bass guitar), Henry Largo (drums), Ashley Parker (vocals and violin) and Thomas Truver.
Wishers, Dreamers & Liars is their brand-spanking new album, just released July 17th of this year. Describing their sound is easy. Beautiful violins are woven with acoustic guitars, to create this wonderful quilt of comforting folk music. They achieved a great balance on this album; creating beautiful ballads and complex upbeat rockabilly style tunes. Even the order the songs are played in on the album seems well thought out.
Nicolas Morales has a raspy, soulful voice that could feel right at home in a heavier rock band; but combined with Ashley Parker’s gentle vocals proves to be a winning combination. “I’m Your Huckleberry” is proof of said combination; their “take turn” approach to singing the song is charming and sweet.
That’s not to say Second Lovers is all about sugar and spice and everything nice. “Gunslinger” is the real attention grabber of the album; intense, fast Old Western inspired song. Definitely worth a second (and maybe even third and fourth) listen.
Overall Wishers, Dreamers & Liars is a very well put together album. The harmonies are terrific, and the album flows competently and keeps the listener not only engaged but entertained as well. Considering this is their first full release, it’s pretty impressive. Their first album was actually a four-song demo recorded in a house in the outskirts of Houston. If you are looking for a new favorite folk album, look no further. Wishers, Dreamers & Liars has everything you could need or want in a folk, Americana album.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars!
Album Name: Wishers, Dreamers & Liars
Date Released: July, 2012
Genre(s): Folk, Americana
Location: Houston, Texas
Band Members: Nicolas Morales (vocals / guitars), Matt Lopez (bass guitar), Henry Largo (drums), Ashley Parker (vocals / violin) and Thomas Truver (lead guitars)
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