For Use and Delight

For Use and Delight

by Promised Land SoundPromised Land Sound


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The Nashville indie underground has become a haven for experimental psych and garage combos playing against Music City's reputation for slick country and pop. From the more pastoral end of this spectrum are Promised Land Sound, whose excellent sophomore LP, For Use and Delight, manages a robust rock clamor that sways with an earthy Big Pink-meets-Workingman's Dead spirit. Although they were born out of the city's garage scene, it's clear that the young band's musical allegiances are more aligned with bands like the Flying Burrito Brothers and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Following their 2013 debut, they swapped keyboardist Ricardo Alessio for ace guitarist Peter Stringer-Hye (the Paperhead) and his contributions here, both as an instrumentalist and part-time vocalist, are a key part of their evolved sound. Also joining them on this outing is Mitch Jones from psych group Fly Golden Eagle who mans the keys and acts as a co-producer. Among the 11 tracks here are harmony-laden jangle pop cuts like the opener "Push and Pull (All the Time)" and Dylan-esque rave-ups like "Otherworldly Pleasures," which showcases Promised Land Sound's beefed-up guitar work. With its watery slide guitar riffs and rich harmonies, album highlight "She Takes Me There" channels the gentle psych sweetness of early George Harrison, while the bucolic acoustic ballad "Northern Country Scene" ripples dreamily, showing off the band's extended range and songwriting chops. The music is beautifully captured with an overwhelmingly organic feel in spite of being festooned with plenty of wah-guitar and other tasteful effects. From their clever songcraft to the very natural manner in which they've presented it, Promised Land Sound have delivered a gem with a rambling country-folk feel and plenty of rock vitality.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2015
Label: Paradise Bachelors
UPC: 0616892290742
catalogNumber: 22907
Rank: 139332

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Promised Land Sound   Primary Artist
Luke Schneider   Pedal Steel Guitar
Steve Gunn   Guitar
Zach Casebolt   Strings
Joey Scala   Group Member
Ryan Jennings   Flute,Percussion
Evan Scala   Group Member
Peter Stringer-Hye   Bass
Sean Thompson   Group Member

Technical Credits

Jeremy Ferguson   Engineer
Brendan Greaves   Layout
Jason Meagher   Producer,Engineer
Alysse Gafkjen   Band Photo
Promised Land Sound   Composer
Evangeline Neuhart   Cover Design
Mark Scala   Cover Painting
Mitch Jones   Producer
Jem Cohen   Producer

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