A band from Austin, TX, Royal Forest have released a new album named ‘Spillway’. The band has received attention from WithGuitars in the past; evidently for the right reasons. The psychedelic rock band utilizes original and innovative techniques to produce diverse rock music. ‘John Denver’, a track from the album, was recorded in a plane above Texas Hill country; a clever reference to the 1969 single written by John Denver named ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane.’ Past the eye catching recording gimmicks, Royal Forest ooze talent from every musical orifice.
A great majority of the tracks on the album are heavily atmospheric, using backing vocals which sound angelic, a slow RPM and psychedelic twinges. Credit is due to each individual member of the band, as it’s the perfectly timed unison of instruments and vocals that gives each song its individual character. ‘Broken Bow’ and ‘Castro’ are examples of a relaxed eerie sound, although all the tracks on the album use these techniques to some extent. Songs such as ‘Almost done’ come across as more charismatic, yet still using the laid back sound interchangeably. ‘Gold Wallpaper’ has a fuzzy feel to it, while still managing to be colourful in consistency with the whole album.
‘Spillway’ is an extremely sedating album, proving to be very easy to chill out too. It’s thought inspiring, with each song being perfectly executed. Royal Forest is a young and exciting band, with a great future ahead of them. The album is a must listen. 8.3/10
‘John Denver’ music video