Mixing many different styles of music, but with an obvious love affair of 60's and 70's pop music, AM delivers an eclectic, highly satisfying third album with "Future Sons & Daughters".
The Tulsa born, New Orleans raised singer/songwriter brings a soulfulness to this music as well, inspired by the sounds and music he was exposed to in the Louisiana city he was brought up in. His music is quite the stew of mixed influences, but with one foot firmly entrenched in classic 60's and 70's pop. He's been rewarded with placement of his songs in numerous movies and television shows, another indie musician who was successfully used that route to gain exposure for his music.
Highlights here include the country flavored "The Other Side", the psychedelic "It's Been So Long" and the mellow "Fortunate Family Tree", with its instantly catchy chorus. The slower moments also shine just as much, if not more. "Darker Days" calls to mind old school soul ballads of the past, with AM shifting to a falsetto for the chorus as strings weave in and out behind him. The sparse, acoustic "Leavenworth" and the lovely piano based closer "Endings Are Beginnings" are also amongst the album's strongest tracks.
Although I don't think "Future Sons & Daughters" will wind up in my Top Ten releases of the year, it's still another noteworthy 2010 release and worth your time to check out. AM's soulful, throwback spin on indie pop is a winning combination.
"Future Songs & Daughters" was released in the U.S. February 9, 2010 on the Filter U.S. label.