It’s incredible how the combination of folk rock, indie and adult contemporary don’t clash. Instead, guitar, piano, pipes and violin cling to melody glued together by Patrick’s sweet, high pitched voice. Layers united into a wave of music that conjured images of birds, thawing streams, champagne glasses and fiddlers. I can’t explain appropriately but i can imply that the album is classy.
The patience and eventual climax of ‘Lighthouse’ makes it one of the best songs. The ghost of the incredible Jeff Buckley whispers wonderfully in many places but most specially in ‘Step Out For a While’. Other highlights are the ebb of ‘Morning Sheets’, the rhythm of ‘Strange Crooked Road’ and the horns in the title track.
All good things said, Adventures in Your Backyard isn’t an album for all occasions. Don’t be doing anything else the first time you listen to this. Choose a moment you want to relax or escape. Give it that dedication and you’ll be charmed.