The few singles I’mma share with will win you over, that’s my solemn promise. Failing that I promise a full refund to the disenchanted few. It really will be the few because James Teague is a rare breed of musician that has managed to produce something both interesting and enjoyable (exceedingly rare this year). His debut record is called Lavender Prayers and across its twelve components you’ll hear the full spectrum of influence and output, provided your spectrum begins with folk and ends with psychedelia.
That sort of reference is going to point you at one man in particular who, if you need a further clue, has a name that rhymes with Mavendra Tanhart. You’ll hear him in both the vocal quavers and the orchestrations but there are moments where Teague takes the psych-folk mentality that Banhart pioneered to it’s logical yet painful gender bending conclusion. Sometimes it’s just too tiptoeingly saccarine to be taken seriously. Whoa there folks, don’t close this window yet, there’s still SO much to be had from the Lavender Prayers. Luckily the vocal over-indulgence isn’t constant across the record with Teague hitting some sweet and free tones in songs like ‘Turn Your Back’
Easily, easily the highlight of the record is Naked Eyes, Deluded Minds which features an unexpectedly ballsy guitar solo amid equally unexpected time changes. Guy uses the track as an opportunity to show us that he’s more than a one-[vocal]-trick pony. You’re loving it right? Yeah you are! Eleven tracks, eleven dollars. You do the math! Here you go.