Sometimes you come across a band that strips its sound down to something pretty simple. In the punk world, Sex Pistols were brilliantly minimalist. On the other end of the minimalist spectrum, you find bands like Sunshine Nights, an Americana band comprising Amy Priya on bass and Steven Sunshine on guitar. The band's new EP A Brooklyn Biography is a good example of the band's simple and delightful sound.
The EP begins with "And Here We Go". This is a bluesy front-porch tune that is reminiscent of the music of Mississippi John Hurt. It's a simple blues tune sung by Priya. The only trouble is that the song is over before you know it.
"Colors" is a little harder to define. It definitely fits into the Americana genre. One thing you can say for sure is that the mandolin sound in this song is steeped in Appalachian music. That being said, there is something about the melody and vocals that somehow brings The Kinks to mind.
Odes to a singer's hometown are nothing new. "NY Scene" is this band's ode to New York. The song is driven by the bass line as Priya sings about various things (including the subway) that characterize New York. She even sings that the city will change you, but not the way it happens in movies. She caps the song by saying, "this city's grown too old to be free." This song - featuring great instrumental work is an Americana song lacking any distinct twang but based firmly in country and folk. The most traditional country sound you'll hear on the album is in "Down on the G". This song is fueled by a bass line that would fit right into a Johnny Cash song.
This is a solid EP with elements of folk, country, jazz, blues, and good harmony vocals. Sunshine Nights is not an easy band to pin down when it comes to genre, but all six songs are in the EP are well-crafted and pretty. This is great music to enjoy with your coffee on a lazy Sunday morning. A Brooklyn Biography will be released on Friday, November 17.