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The Sanctuary EP

by Facing Winter

You're invited to write a review of this CD -- just scroll down to "Reviews" below. Brief Description: This acoustic-rock album blends inviting vocals and crisp guitars with an engaging, earthy rhythm section for a textured, yet simple sound.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. 290
4:15 album only
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2. Anarchy
3:24 album only
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3. Tightrope
4:16 album only
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4. Inertia
4:20 album only
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5. Liars
5:32 album only
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6. Say Hello
3:51 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Facing Winter is an acoustic-rock trio from West Chicago, Illinois. The group's sound is built by three long-time friends who write thoughtful, dynamic songs. And, as passionate musicians, they really just enjoy playing the music they love.

The trio's frontman is Justin Birchard, whose melodic voice and guitar are complimented by bassist Liam Doyle and drummer Jeff Goluszka. They've been together since late 2003.

Site: http://www.facingwinter.com
Also: http://www.myspace.com/facingwinter

Label: Seven Sided Records (http://www.7sidedrecords.com)

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Derek Marshall

A refreshing blend of musicianship and emotion
I enjoyed all the tracks on the "Sanctuary E.P." Each song is thoughtfully written, and interesting to listen to. The vocals are melodic, and sound similar to Elliott Smith or Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie.

The quality of the music is top notch. It's composed of acoustic guitar, bass, drums, and occasional hand percussion. For a three-piece, the music is surprisingly original. You won't find worn-out 3 chord progressions or stale drum beats on this E.P. The bass is smooth and deliberate, the guitar is full and intricate, and the drums are crisp and infectious.
Lyrical themes on the album include: overcoming challenges, dealing with change, politics, and relationships.
I think "Tightrope" and "Inertia" are my two favorites from this collection.
"Tightrope" features punchy bass-lines, progressive drums and uplifting vocals. There's a lot of impressive guitar work in this song, including an energetic solo reminiscent Neil Young or Tom Petty.
"Inertia" offers floaty guitars riding on a memorable drum and bass groove. The vocalist displays his range and creativity on this song, combining earthy low notes with ghostly highs for spacious, organic harmonies.

With time and experience I think Facing Winter will be capable of writing 5 star albums. For now, I give "The Sanctuary E.P." 4 stars and look forward to even better material in the future.
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