Thursday, September 23, 2010

Scott Wesley-Seconds to Years CD Review

Chicago’s Scott Wesley teamed up with the Cassette Company production team to record Seconds to Years, a pleasant follow-up to his 2007 debut, Open Eyes.

Wesley, who kicked off 2010 with a performance at SXSW in Austin, Texas, delivers the hooks and a few curve balls on his sophomore release: lead-off single “Sun & the Water” is breezy and upbeat, while “Give it a Rest” is a little more left-of-center given its power pop guitar and new wave synthesizers; “Permanent’s” approximation of southern boogie calls to mind the Allman Brothers, while “Open Eyes” is a dead ringer for Jason Mraz; “Leeches” is a rather jazzy/spacey album closer. 

Seemingly custom-made for fans of the lighter jam band aesthetic, Seconds to Years is sure to please the laid back post-collegiate crowd that packs amphitheaters for the likes of Jon Mayer and Dave Matthews.

Scott Wesley performs at Brad Cole’s Acoustic Circus at Elbo Room on Saturday, Oct. 16.

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