Artist: Ash Gray and the Girls
Title: ‘Born in the Summer’
Overall Album Vibe: Ash Gray and the Girls (Nina Murphy & Sarah Wise) has a sound that hearkens back to the 60’s with their retro, pop/ rock/ folk style of music. Since the group’s start in 2008 they’ve undergone both lineup changes and experimented with their style to come to their current, cut back instrumentation sound that’s filled with lush vocal harmonies. You’ll find 10-original tracks on, ‘Born in the Summer’, plus a nicely done cover of the British pop band The Hollies’ 1966 hit, “Bus Stop.” My favorite tracks include the up-tempo White Stripes-ish sounding track, “The Hottest Chick Around” and the melodic piano and upright bass folk driven song, “Apple Eye.” I also enjoyed the retro sounding Sitar parts that are found on several tracks.
Review Tagline: Whether you’re old enough to remember the 60’s or just longing to hear some classic music, Ash Gray and the Girls’, ‘Born in the Summer,’ will transport you back to the decade.
Standout Tracks:”Born in the Summer”, “The Hottest Chick Around”, “Cecil”, “Call It a Day Renee”, “Apple Eye”
Review by C.W. Ross