Popular Cycles

Popular Cycles

by Busman's Holiday


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In 2014, the indie folk-pop duo of Lewis and Addison Rogers, who go by Busman's Holiday, released their full-length debut, A Long Goodbye, which showcased the brothers' melodic storytelling and homespun style. While often reinforced with instruments like strings, brass, and mallet percussion, it rarely strayed from an impression of listening to weekend buskers, an impression encouraged by zealous vocal harmonies and Addison's rudimentary drum sound, which relies on a suitcase as kick drum. Popular Cycles follows two years later with more ambitious arrangements that make use of a 21-piece orchestra. "See the Rain" almost functions as a tone poem, with the full orchestra illustrating the development of a storm under lyrics that wake to see a rainbow. On the rest of the tracks, which look in on the lives of a various characters, the orchestra is less prominent but still present. "Unknowing" incorporates strings, woodwinds, and brass, but they all play second fiddle to acoustic guitar and vocals. "Hope & Peace," a two-part ballad led by each brother in turn, makes due with just voices, acoustic guitar, and flute until the final minute, and "Jesus' Mother" is effectively solo a cappella. The album also folds in an eclectic batch of styles, from its '60s pop sensibility to Caribbean steel-drum music ("Mother") and jump blues ("Evening Flows"). What hasn't changed since their debut, and what really defines the album, is the duo's knack for robust melodies fortified by the inviting warmth of both brothers' voices, particularly the sweetened rasp of Lewis, who more often sings lead. Popular Cycles opens with the words "Welcome one and all/I'm glad to see you've come" and closes with a group singalong, a fitting bookend for the winsome follow-up.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2016
Label: Joyful Noise Records
UPC: 0714270690235
catalogNumber: 6902
Rank: 211744

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Busman's Holiday   Primary Artist
Erin Tobey   Percussion,Background Vocals
Vanessa Castillo   Viola
Lewis Rogers   Dulcimer,Banjo,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Bass,Vocals,Pump Organ,Casio
Addison Rogers   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Timpani,Singing Bowls
Graham Cullen   Cello
Keith Northover   Bass Clarinet
Ben Lumsdaine   Percussion,Hand Clapping
Evan Smail   Baritone Saxophone
John Sorsen   Trombone
Diederik van Wassenaer   Violin
Eric Juberg   Alto Saxophone
Biz Strother   Background Vocals
Kevin Johnson   Trumpet
Matthew Shugert   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Coletti   Conga
Patrick Miller   Viola
Sey Cheon   Viola
Richard Silvers   Violin
Liaht Slobodkin   Violin
Kyle Chung   Violin
Kayla Faurie   Flute
Josh Sorsen   Tenor Saxophone
Jonathan Wang   Violin
Harrison Burks   Clarinet
Hanearl Kim   Cello
Eleni Georgiadis   French Horn
Cornelia Sommer   Bassoon
Christina Kim   Violin
Ari Fisher   Violin
Aaron Smith   Viola
Aaron Sigmund   Trumpet
Ben Knoernschild   Trombone
Austin Criner   Cello
Arman Nasrinpay   Violin

Technical Credits

Mark Lawson   Producer,Engineer
Busman's Holiday   Arranger,Producer,Artwork
Dave Walter   Inside Photo
Jacob Belser   Engineer
Matt Nowlin   Arranger,Producer
Lewis Rogers   Composer,Engineer
David J. Woodruff   Layout
Dan Figurelli   Engineer
Addison Rogers   Composer,Whistle
Casey Muyskens   Cover Art
Kyle Houpt   Vocal Engineer,Bass Engineer
Doreen Rogers   Cover Art

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