CD REVIEW: The Romany Rye "Highway 1, Looking Back Carefully"

Not enough can be said about The Romany Rye. The fact that his music is not more widely available, though, is a huge issue since it is some of the best indie folk rock recorded in recent years. While everyone has been digging on Edward Sharpe, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, and fellow tourmates Dawes, The Romany Rye has been quietly living in the shadows. His debut album, although short, is full of powerful songs that are both lyrically beautiful and sonically powerful. The opening track "Brother" sets the tone for the entire album and shows off how The Romany Rye's delivery of the music can really take your breath away. "Dear Holly" and "Old Soul" follow, further dragging you deeper into his musical world. The Romany Rye is certainly destined for wide critical praise and should rightfully receive it. The music contained within this debut album is hands down awesome and upon first listen everyone will become an instant fan.