GENRE | ’63 TELECASTER FLASHBACK
VERDICT | FINE-TUNED NOSTALGIA
LABEL | SELF-RELEASED
RELEASE | 10.1.10
Earnest noodling, a steady beat and straightforward, no-frills vocals: Less is more, and that’s exactly what we get with The Highway’s Forest People. The local trio specializes in a modern psych rock that couples vintage rock sensibilities with skilled musicianship, leaving audiences with a palatable sound reminiscent of the classic rock standards we’ve come to accept as the definition of “good.”
The breakdown of “Set Me Free” stands out as a highlight on Forest People for its masterful build and soulful bassline, as does the meditative quality of the album’s title track. Daniel Tortoledo’s effortless baritone is a solid partner for the candid percussive work of Ted MacInnes and the steady guitar stylings of Ysaac Cohen. Every once in a while, you need to return to your roots, and the Highway make a compelling case for expanding upon the foundation of rock in their own way. [HILARY HUGHES]
THE HIGHWAY CRUISE OVER TO TOMMY DOYLE’S (HARVARD SQ.) ON FRI 10.15.10.