Tin Fossil - Tin Fossil
Tin Fossil is the project of a guy from Tennessee with too many guitars and, who only recently, got serious about songwriting. The self-titled four- song EP debut Tin Fossil came out last November and was recorded mostly at the artist’s house. Featuring guitars, bass, drums and vocals, otherwise known as the basics, is a blend of Americana, alternative, pop rock and indie pop. Occasional piano or keyboards can also be heard in this short recording with nice hooks and harmonies. I’m guessing fans of Wilco, The Avett Brothers and maybe a few others like them, may like Tin Fossil’s work. The first two tracks “Lost Highway” and “I Got Love” have videos to go with the songs on YouTube.
To start off “I Got Love” offers a hooky bass line, two heavy guitar sounds and a fun, pop rock rhythm. Lyrically, this song’s about offering love to someone who’s in need or they are your lover. There are some added choir-like backing vocals that give the song an uplifting, inspirational feel. Next up is “Lost Highway” and this one takes a detour into the Americana/alt-country rock genre. There are some nice vocal harmonies here that deliver a positive message - “Just remember that the darkness fades in time / sky’s a little cloudy but we’re leaving it behind / just gotta keep the wheels between the white lines / down the lost highway.” Sometimes life throws you a bunch of bad stuff your way, but keep your head up and your eyes on the road because life always changes.
“A Night Alone With You” features Tin Fossil on the acoustic, fantastic vocal harmonies and piano. This is a sweet rock ballad, with tinges of classic ’70s soft rock style - I want to say, it reminds me of a song by Badfinger? But those guys were a bit earlier then the ‘70s soft rock craze that happened later, post Beatles-ish type bands that came out then.
Anyway, a great song here - really sweet in so many ways - featuring lyrics that are simple with no fluff. The next and final song, “What If” is even sweeter. This one features the acoustic, vocals and accompanied shaker percussion, drums, bass, strings and piano joining in a bit later. This song does indeed ask a lot of “what if” questions, but I think that’s the song’s strength. It’s a hopeful and positive love song with a loving echoing piano melody towards the end.
Overall, Tin Fossil’s debut is a good primer to this artist’s varied talent. I hope to hear more.
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