"The 11 songs are wrapped in a ’60s soul vibe à la Motown and Stax, like the band’s March 2012 EP release, Curried Rice. The arrangements employ that style’s devices on top of a folksy base to create a distinct sonic sensibility; there are harmonies, doo-wops, clapping, snapping, guitar stabs, call & response chants, etc. The tightly crafted tunes feature singing that’s as good as it gets....It’s hard not to focus exclusively on the band’s lyrics and their poetic depth and astuteness. It’s what draws me back to Be Glad again and again. And that’s not to discount Sandberg’s vocal virtuosity and the throwback arrangements, which are an engaging canvas for the poems to sprawl upon. The overall aesthetic is something like Billie Holiday meets Mary Oliver, Bing Crosby minus swinging horns and classic pop with flourishes of contemporary songwriting.
This new genre, neo-doo-wop-folk, is certainly something to “get happy” about." -Austen Diamond, SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY
We've all been making music in its various forms for many years, and it feels like it has all been building up to this one record. It's a cohesive album with stories that recall old loves, new loves, family, distance, trial, jobs, money, being young and getting older, and ultimately the ablility to overcome and "Be Glad" for all of it. It's a nice way of looking down this windy road that led us here.
Now of course before this there were piano lessons, theater school, choirs, Spy Hop and garage bands. All of these experiences have influenced the band's sound, which has evolved over the last year and a half to the vocally driven, harmony heavy, acoustic, pop-doowop-folk mashup that it is today.