Southern California native Trevor Beld-Jimenez is the guiding creative force behind Tall Tales and the Silver Lining. He’s spent the better part of a decade churning out sun-kissed folk/pop that recalls the 1970s singer/songwriter heyday of his home state.
The enjoyable “Tightopes” is the third full-length from Tall Tales and the Silver Lining (following 2008’s “The Understanding” debut and 2010’s terrific follow-up “Fall In”) and finds Beld-Jimenez happily mining familiar sonic turf. There’s a wonderfully retro vibe to the 10-track, 33-minute release that will sweep you away to the Laurel Canyon when AM radio ruled the roost.
Tall Tales and the Silver Lining get things off to a great start with “Something to Believe In” and “Afraid to Love Again.” After treading water a bit with middling entries “Let It Go” and “Both Alive”, Beld-Jimenez & Co. hit their stride with set highlight “Unknown Forces,” “Wade Through the Storm” and “Losing It.” It’s time you got to know this talented outfit. (Jeffrey Sisk)