Tea Leaf Green’s newest release is a testament to the relevance of a physical album in an increasingly digital world of music. Funded through a Kickstarter campaign, this is pure Tea Leaf Green creativity unleashed in the studio and made possible by a fanbase eager to see them take the wheel. The band made it easy; they provided impressive incentives to help contribute to this collaborative release. In The Wake marches across tracks from the three frontmenÂ (Josh Clark, Trevor Garrod, and Reed Mathis) with quite a bit of distinction between their styles and voices. Yet, the stamp of Tea Leaf Green as the well-oiled quintet does unite their individual efforts.
â€œSomedayâ€ sends the album off, and this is the bandâ€™s sweet spot. Garrod’s lyrics and soulful expressions are right in tune with the wild spirit of the band. Next, Clark takes his turn with a wild, sweaty romp, â€œSpace Hero Pt. 2,â€ that is part of a suite of songs with parts three and four later in the disc. â€œPenny Savedâ€ is a groovy head-bobber with more of Garrod’s unique way of finding the cross-section of power and control. The classical sound of â€œAll Our Loveâ€ is an interesting contribution that adds a nice touch of character with arrangements on strings and horns thanks to Mathis.
The title track rolls along without a crash, but rather it fades softly away. â€œGive Me One More Chanceâ€ boasts great interplay with catchy lyrics between Garrod and guest vocalist Lesley Grant. Another track by Reed, â€œOne Condition’s Enough,â€ lets the horns loose, and it certainly works. Part three of the â€œSpace Heroâ€ saga has Clark wind along an acoustic corridor in another dimension with an otherworldly backdrop of sonar pops and whale calls. Somewhere between classical music and pop-funk, â€œTwo Partsâ€ adds a nice push to the tempo of the album. For â€œDon’t Go,â€ Mathis and Leslie Helpert meander along together, connected by a wall of Green sound. Clark closes out the â€œSpace Heroâ€ suite with part four, wrapping up his songwriting contributions with a sizzling, guitar-laden jam.
Two great songs from Garrod close out In The Wake, a wonderful addition to Tea Leaf Greenâ€™s discography. This band needs to be in everyone’s catalog. Congratulations to the band on such a success with their fans and their love for music.
In The Wake is out now on Greenhouse Records.