Derek Evans used the PledgeMusic platform and the â€œMusic with a Causeâ€ campaign to â€œcrowd-sourceâ€ (what they call â€œaudience subsidizingâ€ nowadays) his new album, Love Amongst Animals. Having toured and/or shared stages with Jason Mraz, Everclear, Blues Traveler and many other singer/songwriters, Evans created his album as he always has â€“ as a true, independent musician.
The album starts with â€œYellow Steps,â€ a lightly grooving acoustic guitar piece with a deceptively laid-back drum part and a smart, quick lyric. â€œA River Will Flowâ€ sees Evans leaving lyrical lines to dangle, his rhythm section spot-on and a â€œtears of joyâ€ section lifting the tune to a poignant edge I wasnâ€™t expecting.
â€œTake Me as I Am (Ballad of Stell Part II)â€ is another true groove-r, with Evansâ€™ shaky vocals sounding great. A good, light harmony behind him, and organ music wraps this one-up as the most commercial tune of the bunch.
â€œHigh School Wallsâ€ sees Evans in that quick lyric mode like â€œYellow Steps.â€ And though as good a tune as any here, for me itâ€™s the very personal â€œThe Wind Criesâ€ that sees not only some truly inspired acoustic guitar playing, but a great honest vocal and a stellar production. This gem was featured on the iTunes pop and singer-songwriter charts for the entire month of September, and I can see why.
You can purchase the album here.