Dick Aven – One of These Days We’ll Go Get Us One

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One of These Days We’ll Go Get Us One is a new album from Dick Aven, a singer/songwriter from Franklin, Tennessee. It’s a full length release, and the professional production is apparent on the first track, Do What I Say. The best way I can describe the sound is that it’s like if you blended 60’s vibes with contemporary recording quality. The music has a very organic and Earthy feel, like folk rock. There’s a bohemian element to it all but as some of the songs build they become more “full” and often transition to a kind of groovin’ funk.

I can’t stress enough how good this is. Aven describes himself as a multi-instrumentalist, and that’s an understatement. There is a plethora of different instruments on these recordings. I have no idea if he’s the one playing all of them on this album, but if you watch his youtube videos you’ll see that he can play all these instruments. He’s a great singer, too. I love it when vocalists outperform the level that’s required for a genre of music, and that’s certainly the case here. He creatively extends notes and uses his voice in ways which ordinary artists would never have thought to do, and the songs are enhanced with personality as a result of this.

There’s quite a bit of musical variety here as well. Your Love has a smooth, jazzy, aesthetic. I would almost characterize it as lounge music. The most unique song on here is Jawbone of Jack Real, a minimalist, “synth” driven instrumental that sounds like something out of a 70’s scifi film. It turns out however, that the synthlike sound is actually generated not by electronic keyboards but by jaw harps whistling. I’ve been informed that Dick Aven is some sort of expert whistler. Yes, this guy can really do it all. My favorite track on the album is probably Common Ground. It’s a pure and lovely acoustic folk jam that’s stylistically reminiscent of stuff I’ve enjoyed from artists like Jake Holmes.

One of These Days We’ll Go Get Us One is a very impressive and comprehensive release. Dick Aven is one of the most multi-talented individuals that you’ve never heard of. I’m glad I found out about this guy.

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