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Sailing Days

(Shrimper; US: 31 Oct 2006; UK: Available as import)

Sail Away, Sail Away

Sailing Days is an EP made specifically for listening while on a back porch with nothing to do.  Lazy acoustic guitars move and dance with violins, and you begin to realize why naming the EP Sailing Days is amazingly apt.  Each song works by itself, but even for an EP, the tracks to begin to meld together in a sort of easy-listening mush, as if each song is battling it out for the title of Who Can Be More Precious.  Of the seven songs (two untitled bonus tracks are tacked on at the end), it’s the aching pair of songs “Hammers and Hail” and the bluntly-titled “Sex” that managed to stand out just a bit more, the former with a simple acoustic yearning, the latter coming off more grand and majestic with its triumphant strums and hardly-there drumming.  It’s not going to top any Album of the Year charts, but for a pleasant, enjoyable piece of acoustic pop, nothing can beat it.

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Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and many more. Evan has been a guest on HuffPost Live, RevotTV's "Revolt Live!", and WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.


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