Understated, listenable and uplifting…a real gem.
Steven Wesley Guiles’ new album We will All Be Lifted is a real gem and may one of the best album’s released this year that most people will not hear
Musically understated, the album is in the same neighborhood as artists such as Bon Iver, Denison Witmer and early Pedro the Lion. There is an uplifting nature to theses songs that is often missing from albums in the genre.
In a listenable album full of great songs, I gravitate toward a three song cycle. The epic Thankful is sandwiched by two haunting and beautiful songs; Something Fresh and New and Except Perhaps the Human Heart
Forged in the indie rock of the 90s, Steven Wesley Guiles has toured the country with his band Pushstart Wagon since 1993 and has been a solo performer all of those years as well.
His music is a mix of acoustic guitars and heartfelt sentiment. He’s been compared to Bon Iver, Elliot Smith, and he sounds nothing like the lead singer from Metallica. Steven grew up listening to Simon and Garfunkel and hopes to eventually cover the Bridge Over Troubled Water album in its entirety.
We Will All Be Lifted, his first solo album with California based label New Cool Now, is an uplifting tearjerker with beautiful moments like opening track May He Keep You As He Goes and the heartfelt piano-driven love song slash sure hit single, Keep Me Coming Back To You. And when he goes from quiet to epic in Thankful, you are left wishing the song would continue.
Luckily for the fans, the music will continue in another complete EP which is already mixed and mastered and slated for a Winter 09 release by New Cool Now. …And The Stars Will Guide Us Home.
He also has a rock band. He likes to soft rock with his wife. When not softrocking or mediumrocking he also runs the New Cool Now Music label. He recently wrote more than 80 songs as part of FAWM.org‘s songwriting challenges. Here’s a bio. Myspace. Reverbnation. Twitter.