Eight years and four albums on, Sons of Bill still find themselves residing well below the radar. However judging from the sound of this superb new LP, there’s every indication that their public profile may be ready to rise.
Aided immeasurably Ken Coomer in the producer’s chair, Love and Logic is as pointedly succinct as its spot-on title implies, especially in terms of its emotional imprint. “Road to Canaan,” “Fishing Song,” “Hymnsong,” and “Lost in the Cosmos (Song for Chris Bell)” achieve an instant connection – rich, resilient ballads that immediately sound like ageless anthems. The Americana influence is obviously a primary factor, but on songa like “Brand New Paradigm” and “Light a Light,” it’s easy to detect hints of Pink Floyd as they struck a chord on the dark side of the moon. Likewise, the band’s ability to begin “Big Unknown” with a simple strum and then build towards their grand crescendo speaks to their sonic savvy. It’s an impressive feat, all too easy to admire.
When the music comes this naturally — or at least as naturally as Sons of Bill make it seem — it’s all too easy to take it for granted. Still, love and logic are two of life’s essentials, and in bearing that branding, Sons of Bill remind us that the music also matters all along.
– Lee Zimmerman