Boris Garcia’s Today We Sail contains everything that appealed in the group’s previous releases – thoughtful songwriting, rootsy instrumentation, and psychedelic country- rock explorations. This time out, though, Boris takes it up a notch with the help of acclaimed Americana producer Tim Carbone.
In some places, the music is reminiscent of alt classics by groups like the Byrds, or the Flying Burrito Brothers, while at other junctures they echo Tom Petty, John Prine, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and the Grateful Dead. Despite all these influences, the music sparkles most when treading on less-reflective ground, such as the whimsical “Song Dog,” which is a smile-inducing, mandolin-inflected ode to man’s best friend. Other chestnuts include the Bealtes-esque“Walking Barefoot,” the bluegrassy “Long Black Hair,” and the Donovan-tinged “Deaf Dumb and Blind.”
Despite the band’s easily detected and somewhat dated influences, the music ascends to form its own personality, which is pleasing and fresh.
Today We Sail is out now on PorchWerk Music.