Now is when your dedication to good shows really shows, Portland. It's rainy, people are occupying things, but it's still Friday, and there is still hell of good music going down tonight. If you're downtown this evening, you can spot folks from The Deli at our show pick for the week: The Tomorrow People. Read what I wrote about 'em over at Words Cut Open. The Tomorrow People release Rose City Rosetonight at Ash St. Saloon! It may be the only good reason to go downtown tonight. Come get floored by some of the best rock-n-roll to come from this city in years.
In The Clear Blue Pearl, Morning Ritual has collaborated with Shook Twins to shape an album that is as progressive as it is nostalgic. The album borrows elements of soul, folk and R&B then filters them through modern production that accents the poignant arrangements and soaring vocal harmonies. Working with the classic instrumentation of keys, upright bass, drums and an occasional banjo The Clear Blue Pearl is structured with clear intent. The music revolves around the story of a husband and wife on a search for a new home and this collection of tight compositions vividly reflects the thematic arcs of the concept. The opening chords of “Drought” set a calm and melancholic tone of loss that builds into “The Search”, a track that showcases mystical vocal melodies and ethereal percussion. The title track projects light and an uplifting energy that is cut by “Dolphin Song” and reworked into the soulful groove that moves through “Tunnel of Light”. Each track supports and complements the next as the album leads up to the triumphant closer, “Geyser”. The Clear Blue Pearl is a tasteful and well-orchestrated release that, above all, displays an artistic ambition and original style. It’s refreshing to hear. - Benjamin Toledo