Sound — 8
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Hrishikesh Hirway who is the main component of The One AM Radio, creates electro-folk hymns with hypnotic esthetics, sensuous acoustics, and mellifluous synth glazes shown on his 3rd release This Too Will Pass from Dangerbird Records. Produced by Hirway who was born and raised in Peabody, Massachusetts to parents from India but now resides in Los Angeles, California, created an album that is tranquilizing with avant-pop/dream-weaved atmospherics composed from velvety guitar textures, tenderly poetic strings, plush French horn strokes, and liquefied drum loops. The music produces spacious melodic swells that ebb and progress with sleek caressing glides. The album is ahead of it's time with soothing mellow tones and avant stylistics reminiscent of West Indian Girl and Great Northern. The album flows in one direction without ever growing boring. The plaintive hazes and soft puttering beats of The Harvest are just as soothing three songs down with Mercury, exhibiting a serene fluidity that warms the soul. The music is soft, flowy, and tenderly laced with orchestral brocades and breezy acoustic guitars coating tracks like A Brittle Filament and Where I'm Headed. Hirway pervades an ambient-capped country tint on numbers like Your Name and You Can Still Run, but he mainly presides on electronica-laden orchestral-folk ambience that possesses unperceivable healing and medicinal qualities which you don't know how, but the music makes it's way into your system and rids you of toxins, something like aromatherapy only aurally administered.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics for The One Am Radio's songs center on life, death, loss, love, and compassion like the song Lest I Forget where Hirway sings, When your father's ghost came round/ you bade him to please stay/ but he just slipped away/ You cried all night in bed/ As I held your trembling head/ I said, 'You've lost too much too fast. But this too will pass.' Hirway's vocals are satiny smooth sliding across the melodic folds enhancing the glistening sheen of the mellow sonic strobes.
Overall Impression — 8
The One AM Radio's album is music that few artists are able of reaching. There is a spiritual aspect in the songs like this is music which the ancient sages made to foster harmony throughout the world, and yet there is something very human in the songs, like it is okay to be upset when things don't turn out like they needed to. Through the melancholy and lamenting moments, there is an uplifting pull in the songs like they won't give in to defeat. I even recognized some verses which reminded me of George Harrison and John Lennon. That's not because Hirway is copying them but because Hirway achieved that level of writing music that moves towards peace through the darkness. The One Am Radio's current release This Too Will Pass is the follow up to the group's debut album The Hum Of Electric Air from 2002 and their second album A Name Writ In Water from 2004. The music has an aquatic quality that washes right through you which prevents the songs from being memorable like, let's say, Queen's We Are The Champions but it beckons the listen to come back again and again for it's soothing esthetics.