Freddie Stevenson:: All My Strange Companions

Freddy Stevenson’s All My Strange Companions has been one of this year’s pleasant surprises. Here in the space of an album, the man referred to as a Scottish folk punk, lays out song after song filled with melodies saturated with feeling. Freddy diversifies the songwriting enough to keep the listener well involved, whether flying high, like on opener “Easy Now,” with tales of JK Rowling following him around; or staying closer to the earth on the introspective folk liaison “If an Alien Astronomer Could see Us from Afar,” or the touching resolution of “The Occasional Spell.” Sometimes the phrasing and lyrical content on the verses remind me of Lloyd Cole (or maybe it is a title or two: “Ordinary Girl”/”Brand New Heart”), but Freddie has a way of bringing it on the chorus that is entirely his own. Speaking of “Brand New Heart,” there is a section of the song that really reminds me of Libertines, for whatever that is worth. All My Strange Companions is Freddie’s second album; it was produced by David Z., Prince’s engineer/producer and recorded in Nashville with most of Emmylou Harris’ band. This one is for fans of good songs, minus the gimmicks and irony. Catch Freddie Stevenson at Soundfix in Brooklyn with This Is Ivy League, April 17th.

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