When you write for a music publication, you will come across all sorts of music. I have been introduced to some amazing artists and I have also been introduced to some that are still trying to find their sound, if you catch my drift. Not everything is going to be to my liking. That is just how it goes, but I like to think that I have a pretty open mind and eclectic tastes. Well, The Big Drops are a little out of my comfort zone, but in a fantastical, magical and often times psychedelic way. While they will most likely never become a Top 40 band, the boys from New Jersey do put out some taste sonic treats on their upcoming album, Time, Color.
The Big Drops open the album with a 50 second prelude, “Lost At Sea”, that is reminiscent of the five or so minutes before a symphony concert. People playing or practicing random parts and tuning up their instruments. And once you hear this introduction, you know you are in for something a little different. “Lost At Sea” sets the mood and tone of the entire album moving forward. All that in a track less than a minute long.
It can be difficult to categorize a band like The Big Drops. “Baskets Of Love” would be like taking big band/swing style of Brian Setzer and drop him off in the middle of the wilderness for a year to write a song might sound similar. Whereas “Maybe In A Year Or Two” is an acoustic, folk-inspired instrumental piece. You honestly have no idea what you are going to get in this mixed bag of an album and it is fantastic!
To say that Time, Color is a trip is almost an understatement, when in reality, it is a musical thrill ride that takes you through the history of some of the greatest genres of American music and modernizes them with subtle electronic themes. The Big Drops’ Time, Color is the definition of what an independent release should be; music that they want to play and how they want to play it. Bravo, gentlemen. Bravo.
The debut album, Time, Color, by The Big Drops will be available on June 23, 2017 on their website (HERE). In the mean time, check out their latest single, “Baskets of Love”, below!
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