Love the cover of this new album
Enjoyed the titles of the songs. The song list is hot. Just with the title alone I can play out a story. Song titles like; “Set A Course for Common Worlds”, “Roots”, “Revolt of the Guards”, and “Occupy the Piper.” Each one expressing a facet of life that is real and true to life, from the past to the present.
Tempting and alluring titles attract the attention of a music lovers curiosity. These titles are well written and pretty much express the whole of the song immediately. I was absolutely blown away that two guys created all this magic. It could be an entire five piece band or more. Delicious.
This album is listed under the Americana genre but could easily slide into the folk, pop, light rock category and the instrumentation on this album is grand. Took me back to the sixties when love and peace was the dream. Love the blend of smooth soft rock with pop and folk. Both artists play several instruments and both Nate and Ryan have driving and ethereal presence in each song.
There was a huge album back in the day called “ I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” that was recorded by two groups. It was recorded by The New Seekers and by The Hillside Singers. The song talked about bringing positive energy to the world, about love, freedom, peace, and dreams of hope and the future. This collection by MSX reminds me of that deep rooted, fiery, Americana folk rock showcase of musical art. These guys are not afraid to venture deeper into the magic they create by also adding a splash of pop.
“Sun Dried” might bring to mind artists such as Iron Butterfly, who by the way were psychedelic rock. But the song is a mixture of textures and even though it could go in a bad direction and be messy, it’s actually kind of cool. The song is heavy on reverb but it fits the lyrics.
Vocally MSX supply us with a hint of Crosby, Stills, and Nash and follow the American/Folk flow, but harmonies are not quite as strong. At times it seemed a little strained but out of the blue they dug in and brought out some powerful vibrations.
“Set a Course for Common Words” is really very good. It is filled with thought-provoking emotions with a hint of country. It opens with a smooth and easy rocking harmonica that I really like. The harmonies are distinctive and rich here. Reminds me of a day at Woodstock. Enjoyed this one tremendously.
Lyrically the album takes you through various aspects of life, some a little dark and some a little lighter. As I read the lyrics I was taken through nightmares and back again to seeing the light at the end of the tunnel after having a deeply trying time. This album reminds me of a mystery. I felt as if there was going to be some type of clue to a hidden treasure or a plan for a daring escape would be revealed.
“Has Anyone Seen Bob?” is a pleasant and upbeat song about trying to find someone named Bob. Who owes them money and whom it seems a lot of people are trying to find him. Loved the instrumentation of this one. There is something for everyone. I really like the use of synthesizers, mandolins, and guitar on all these songs. Great production.
This album presents with 11 engaging and imaginative songs. Each one unique and completely original. As with most albums of this caliber there will be some listeners who just won’t get it. But those who do will be sure to include “New American Century” in their special musical collections.
Ryan Summers and Nate Cherrier are superb together and this album is sure to gather a huge following. For more information on Ryan and Nate please jump on over to the following sites and enjoy.
http://midwestsoulxchange.com/ – Official
https://www.facebook.com/midwestsoulxchange – Facebook
https://twitter.com/MWSoulXchange – Twitter
https://instagram.com/midwestsoulxchange/ – Instagram
https://soundcloud.com/midwest-soul-xchange – Soundcloud