Jake Jeanson may have changed his name, but he certainly hasn’t changed his tune. On The Riverside, Jeanson’s full-length debut with his band of the same name, the young Santa Barbaran builds on the sweet, folksy sounds that first grabbed our attention during last year’s Downtown Sound Battle of the Bands. (A title Jeanson snagged, BTW.) In terms of fidelity alone, The Riverside deserves serious props: the guitar tones are warm and crystal clear, and Jeanson’s melodies come through as both naturalistic and polished. That The Riverside’s wide-eyed love songs and pretty melodies beg comparison to contemporaries like Milo Greene and The Civil Wars is even working in their favor. Tracks like “When I Wake Up” and “Hello Sunshine” nicely conjure images of laid-back beachside campfires and backyard jam sessions. And as we approach spring, few things sound as sweet. To order, visit facebook.com/theriversideriver.


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