It reminds of many of my favourite records. Bonnie Prince Billy, Calexico, Fleet Foxes, The Decemberists, Willard Grant Conspiracy, Giant Sand, the more recent Tindersticks, these are just a few of the reference points I could make out, but there is a lot more going on in this record than it first appears. Some of the melodies reminded me of Nick Drake, and the way much of the music is layered echoes Midlake and Arcade Fire. The album that I wanted to play after it was Pete Yorn’s musicforthemorningafter, which doesn’t mean they are similar albums, although they are in places, but The Son(s) made me feel as Yorn’s debut did when I first heard it in 2001.
It was only after feeling pleased with myself for working all of these references out that I realised I was only on the third play and I already felt as if I’d had owned, and played, this album for years. It has a timeless feel to it that is not contrived but natural. Most music either tries to be completely contemporary or harks back to the past, often attempting both. The Son(s) sounds like it belongs to this time and every time. It is a classic album in the sense that it is made by people(s) who don’t just understand music, or even simply love music, but completely respect it. If any of the above applies to you then may I recommend The Son(s) and The Son(s). It really is a wee bit special.