Tall Tales and the Silver Lining

Winter Singles

For as long as we’ve known them, Ventura’s Tall Tales and the Silver Lining have been great at painting pictures with their songs. Whether it be a place, a look, or an emotion, frontman Trevor Beld-Jimenez can nail it, thanks in big part to his sweet and pitchy register and narrative lyrical style. For Winter Singles, Beld-Jimenez evokes the essence of California winters with a four-track EP that’s primed for hazy drives down the coast. Lead track “Go Alone” is a rollicking folk-pop rumination on growing up, complete with a bust-the-doors-wide-open breakdown. Later, “Collar to the Wind” employs a nice little guitar distortion and echo to conjure thoughts of ’50s rock-and-roll minimalism and dusty Mulholland Drive-style landscapes. That there are no quiet acoustic numbers or sad songs about snow on Winter Singles is not only fitting; it feels like a clever nod to California’s past and present. Visit to order.

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