With “Season of Violence or Mourning, Protest & the Birth of Bishop Killborne,” ambient folk newcomers The American Spirit figure to boast one of the longer album titles of 2015. As fate would have it, it might be one of the year’s better debuts, as well.
The American Spirit are comprised of Gabriel Strycharz (vocals/guitar/harmonica), Adam Morgan (piano) and Nick Price (drums) and the trio already is being mentioned in the same breath as My Morning Jacket, Father John Misty, Pedro the Lion and David Bazan. That’s pretty impressive company for a young band.
Opener “Are You Listening to Me?” sets the tone for the 10-track gem, and The American Spirit also score with “Going My Own Way,” personal favorite “Dance With Me,” “All Night,” “Wait for the Night” and “Walking in the Rain.” Good stuff. (Jeffrey Sisk)