Thousand River Sun is a new album from singer/songwriter, Rob Massard. Colorful guitars and ethereal synths give the songs a wonderfully kaleidoscopic framework. The best way to describe the music is that it’s like if you were to combine contemporary folk rock with the classic soft 60’s sound of groups like The Association and Simon and Garfunkel. There’s even a bit of piano inserted here and there. Excellent recording quality allows listeners to intimately experience every subtle detail of the guitars and vocals. The lyrics are substantive and rich with emotional narrative. Don’t let the fact that there are only 7 tracks fool you. The opening song clocks in at over 12 minutes, and most of the tunes on the album have a runtime of more than 6 minutes. Thousand River Sun is as close as you can get to a perfect release. It’s obviously well executed musically, but it also has that “intangible” artistic factor that lends itself to greatness.
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