ABOUT THE BAND
Ezra Bell's first full-length debut features ebullient soul twang, flowing and leaping like the music of a late 60s/early 70s recording of well-trained freaks dabbling in various genres. This Portland band sounds like they effortlessly recorded one of those forgotten-gem "cult albums", despite it being early 2018.
After three well-received EPs and playing regularly in Portland since 2013, the playfully literate and cheerfully plaintive Benjamin Wuamett and his gaggle of quite fit players, conjure up a festive dusky folk-rock-blues-jazz-R&B-pop vibe that doesn't smother out the melancholy.
Ezra Bell features Maurice Spencer (bass), Tom Trotter (drums), Aaron Mattison (horns), Jeremy Asay (keys and tenor guitar), and Honora Hildreth (vocals and auxiliary awesomeness) more-than-ably backing up Wuamett's story-songs and satirical jigs with organic precision.