If I may be brutally honest for a moment, I’d just like to say that the whole folk/folk rock/indie folk/indie folk rock business that’s been a brewin’ for the last ten years or so doesn’t appeal to me in any way. The notion of some douchebag pouring his heart out over the three chords he knows on his acoustic guitar is the kind of thing that inspires generous amounts of eye rolling for me. So you can imagine my hesitation in reviewing a self-described folk album. We’re going to file this one under “Sometimes Jeff is Wrong”.
The instant I put my headphones on, it’s as if the album said “Why don’t you just shut up for a minute and listen to what I have to say?” And so I listened. Andrea Caccese, the man behind Song for the Sleepwalkers, is far more than the singer-songwriter that he lets on. He’s a master at crafting otherworldly textures and each song adds a dynamic new element to the album. Reactions moves from folk to electronica to classical and it does so without the slightest bit of effort. One might think that incorporating so many disparate genres would make for a mish-mash of an album. How wrong you’d be.
My only complaint is that there isn’t enough to go around. Every song here is a little on the short side, which isn’t necessarily bad, but I think if Caccese took a little more time with these tracks, he could expand them out and take them from “great” to “timeless”. Even considering that, each moment of this album is more enjoyable that the last.
Jeff Higgins is the founder of Groove Sandwich and he's chasing a funky tune right now.