#reviewoftheweek / Guster - Evermotion

Almost 5 years since the release of their previous album, Guster has returned with a new chapter in their story. The cool thing about it is that this album, like all the others, doesn't really sound like a repeat performance. Partnering with producer Richard Swift (The Shins) has allowed them to venture on some different tangents on this record, most notably the addition and utilization of the keyboard in all its forms (piano, synth, etc.). The first single has been on the airwaves for a few months and is a showcase of the band's ability to deliver a 3 minute pop song that doesn't sound like other stuff on the radio. They have already previewed half of the album online including the songs "Endlessly," "Never Coming Down," "Long Night," and "Gangway." These four are sure to become setlist staples on their upcoming tour with the ambient "Long Night" and the synth driven "Endlessly" possibly popping up as the band's lead song. "Never Coming Down" is a tropical summery sounding song showing off the band's simplicity and acoustic roots and "Gangway" is the track where the album's title is lifted from and also a truly well crafted lyrical number. The two tracks that bring the band full circle bridging their past with their present are possibly two of the best on the album, and are sure to become standouts and fan favorites instantly. They are "Doin' It By Myself" and "Kid Dreams" and they feature the band showing off their acoustic instruments, including a bit of hand drumming percussion thrown in for good measure. They've been busy in recent years revisiting past albums on anniversary tours but with the recording and release of "Evermotion," Guster has maintained that 20 years in existence is a result of their love for music, fans, and the journey. Their past has produced their present and staying power comes from reinventing themselves without alienating their roots.  "Evermotion" is a colorful representation of just that concept and a cohesive and superb album that could only come from this band at this time. As with all their previous releases, this album is going to wow and impress the die hard lifelong fans as well as turn on a whole new generation to one of the best bands around that are doing it their own way.