Album Review: Shearwater - "Jet Plane And Oxbow"
By Andrew Lee
When I press play on an opening track like “Prime,” the change is almost instant. The music I hear is so appealing it changes my life. The ordinary life becomes the extraordinary life just by virtue of the music, if only for a few minutes. Ironically, I don’t really even know what Jonathan Meiburg is singing about. I can’t easily understand all the lyrics, but it doesn’t matter. In this case it’s all about the music and the feeling. And to me, music like this feels amazing. But why? It’s that electronic hook mainly. It lights up something inside me - some kind of internal recognition receptor turns on and just, like, glows. It’s like something was out there, or maybe it was inside me, and I knew it was there but I couldn’t find it, so I couldn't say it, but I can recognize it when I hear the band play it.
And that’s just the first song.
And no, they’re not all like that. Musicians can’t be magicians every time. But in the case of Jet Plane And Oxbow, the power of Shearwater’s opening trick is strong enough to light a path all the way to the end of the album for both the band and their listeners.