Although the emo revival, hip-hop and pop music are dominating radio airplay and music charts, folk and Americana bands will always hold strong, partly thanks to its core of dedicated fans. Husky, are one such band. Reminiscent of Good Old War, The Moldy Peaches, Simon and Garfunkel, and Belle and Sebastian, the Australian rocker’s sunny and melodic approach to song writing is taking aim at a wider audience with their upcoming sophomore album. With beautiful harmonies and clever songwriting, Ruckers Hill is catchy and heartfelt. It’s a record that sees Husky prove that the grass-roots movement of music is still alive, capturing a sense of youth that not a lot of bands are able to.
“Day so sweet, my home is calling me” – the welcoming and nostalgic opening line to the album’s opener and title track. The repetition of the verses and choruses, along with the ‘ramping up’ of the song, gives a feel of a personal anthem; giving us a sense that, wherever or whatever you happen to consider to be your home, it’s always calling. The bands approach to simple and effective lyrical content and structure is repeated throughout Ruckers Hill. “The silence you leave between, speaks more of where you’ve been” and “I have seen your light, lost in my mind’s dark night” gives us a strong look into the depth that Husky have when it comes to creating these personable moments within songs.
It’s these personable moments that contribute most to the albums high points. This is never more evident than on the track ‘Drunk’, a song about ‘the unknown’; “Do you have a light my friend? And can you tell me where the road might bend up ahead?”, a stand out lyric, tapping into most people’s fears and experiences. But there’s also hope to be had as the chorus gives the track breath of positivity; “I feel the time is coming…For you, For me, For everybody”. Although heavy on the lyrical context, musically it’s a track that’s as catchy and heartfelt as they come, standing out as the track that helps define the album.
Overall Ruckers Hill should be pleasing to most folk and indie rock fans. In fact it’s hard not to like an album or band that makes you feel so warm and fuzzy inside. With a defined folksy sound, added to such a lyrical depth of content, Husky have created a ‘space’ with Ruckers Hill. A comfortable space where everyone is welcome to get away from the harsh realities of life. After forty-nine minutes and thirteen flowing tracks, this is a record that’ll drop you back into reality ready to face the world with a clearer, stronger sense of what you want. And that’s exactly what we look for in music.
Ruckers Hill gets its U.K release today via Embassy of Music.