Hello June: Spruce

Hello June: Spruce

“Spruce” is the latest album from Morgantown-based indie band Hello June.

Sticking with their mellow tempo with a pinch of rock n’roll, the band opens with a song called Time. Chad Brown kills the guitar but Sarah Rudy has vocals that involve you in each song. In Time, the beat opens soft until Rudy comes on and tells us something we all realize that time does keep ticking on. Whether you like it or not, we will all be old one day but this song is about accepting that. Tempo picks up throughout the song and special guitarist William Matheny comes on and rips out a hyper up-beat guitar lead. Can’t forget Whit Alexander on drums. Steady beat is everything about the song from the lyrics to the instruments.


Dance is the next track and while you think Rudy’s voice is incredible in Time, Dance is where she shows her talent. Her voice is what stands out about this track. I would go as far as comparing it to Misterwives’ lead singer Mandy Lee. Her voice is relaxing but can get you on your feet instantly.
This track also has a spoonful of rock n’ roll to it that resembles even the greatest Stevie Nicks. I would go that far to make that comparison because you feel powerful listening to her lyrics but also have that sense of calm.


This goes throughout the album and once you reach track 3 – Bench – it’s a whole different feeling. This track makes you want to relax. I imagine myself kayaking down a stream on a sunny day or chillin’ in a kayak in the woods. The sounds of Dobro is what causes this. I mean once that instrument hits, it’s time to enjoy your day off.


Fight, Don’t Fight is confusing. But if you take the lyrics into context, you realize that it’s telling a story about wanting to start a fight but sort of understanding it might not be worth it. “I got caught up in this fight. Darling you have never been more right.” This lyric reminds me of fights I’ve gotten into with like a friend or significant other. Basically, you’re realizing you’re wrong but you’ve already started the argument. “And the walls are cavin’ in.” As in, it’s over but you’ve already dug your hole too deep… Happens to all of us.


But Fight, Don’t Fight has an intense swirly-sounding solo that takes you to an alternate universe. I mean the beat gets faster and you’re thinking, what’s going on? Then the song fades and it’s over. Fight, Don’t Fight has a POWERFUL ending. That’s the best word to describe it.
Wish I Could Fly. I mean the title of that song sounds incredible already. Don’t we all wish we could fly up, up and away into the clouds? Then we wouldn’t have to work or do anything. “If I go too far, could I come back home,” that’s like wanting to fly the nest but not wanting to leave your hometown and your roots. I relate to that and anyone who has gone away to college or moved to another state after leaving your parents. Now I’m crying listening to this song while imagining leaving my mom for college the first time ever, scary. (She let me come back home.)


Color is the perfect song to end the album. It has the same soft tempo that other Hello June songs have.  Bench might be the best song on this album but I could be wrong. Hello June’s “Spruce” debuts on June 1. How cute is that? A band with a name like that dropping an album on June 1. I’ll be adding this album to my summer playlist for pool chilling and good vibes.

 

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