July Talk are back with a vengeance with Touch via Sleepless Records. The band’s sophomore record follows their self-titled debut release in 2012. Fast forward to 2016, the album opens with “Picturing Love” a groovy, synth-filled track where singers Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay lay down vocals so complimentary to each other. The third track “Now I Know” continues to produce the raw emotions emulating through the record, with a simple drumbeat the track has you nodding along to each word, layers of bluesy guitars add to the alt-rock feel inviting you in.
What works so well is the juxtaposition between Peter’s harder vocals against Leah’s soft, warm tone as evident in the track “Strange Habit”, the track offers a slow paced interlude on the record. The single “Push + Pull” continues the alternative feel to the record, it’s clear July Talk are a band mastering their craft and producing authentic sounds.
“Lola + Joseph” continues the pattern between the two singers feeding off each other, partnering to make the most of each track as a natural flow progresses through the sophomore release. The last two tracks of the record “Jesus Said So” and the title track encompass the overall feel of the record, a fusion of alternative-rock with nods to blues proving that rock is still very much alive and thriving. July Talk present a refreshing original sound lacking in today’s pop-centric, overproduced music world. With a simplicity growing between the two singers and musicians, the band have provided a solid record in Touch.
July Talk will take their talents to a city near you along a nearly four-month fall tour, starting in Europe through the US & Canada, the band will play two nights at the Danforth Music Hall as part of their hometown visit on October 28th & 29th, tickets on sale now.
4 out of 5 stars
Must-Listen Tracks: “Picturing Love”, “Touch”
Buy Touch now on iTunes