Artist: Healing Potpourri
Title: Blanket of Calm
Label: Run For Cover Records
Words: Karley Myall
San Francisco-based band Healing Potpourri has embedded their unique sound and creativity into their even-track anthology, Blanket of Calm, out today, June 12th via Run For Cover Records. The seven-piece band has created a truly mesmerising collection, taking the listener on a journey throughout their joyful and uplifting pieces.
They’ve continued to delve into their sound and style, and pull similarities from their previous releases. Those being My Eyes Never Really Adjusted to the Light and their first EP The Way Water Bends Light. The band consists of Simi Sohota who does vocals and plays the guitar, Geoff Morris on the saxophone and flute. Ian McBrayer plays the drums and Luke Sweeney on lead guitar. Jon Chaney plays the electric piano and synthesizer, Jack Brown on bass and Jon Wujcik plays percussion and the congas.
Always ensuring to keep them important topics at the top of their list as they create a heartfelt story throughout their lyrical approach
Blanket of Calm focuses solidly on the Chamber Pop style intertwining the meaningful lyrics that soar throughout. As well as combining the funky and upbeat instrumentals and the mellow vocal ranges that continue through. This whole anthology is one of them that can make you feel happy in an instant with its vibrant energy that pulses through. Always ensuring to keep them important topics at the top of their list as they create a heartfelt story throughout their lyrical approach. Touching on different subjects to do with interpersonal relationships and the fleeting nature of connecting with someone else.
Firstly, is the track ‘Dream Vacay’ which is an instrumental piece but one that starts off the whole collection perfectly. Immersing you into this world, feeling like you’re in a paradise island with the incredibly chilled out vibe that collides throughout. With the smooth plucks on the guitar strings as the saxophone begins to collide. All the instrumentals begin to pull together to create this enticing and soothing melody. Even though it focused on instrumentation alone, it was one that showed just how talented this band is just with the sound aspect.
Up next is ‘Blanket of Calm’ which takes on that more upbeat and funky style of instrumentation. Starting with the slight tap on the congas and adding in the synthesised sound. Then going into the peaceful sound of the flute colliding with the guitar, as the vocals begin to swoop in.
‘Dustin’s Rain Tape’, is definitely a stand out track, having the sound of rain hitting the ground creating this eerie instrumental. As the other instruments begin to creep up slowly and the gravelly vocals from Simi immerse throughout with a rather dulcet tone. Keeping the pitch steady and the melody flowing alongside. It’s one of them tracks that has this powerful instrumentation and one that when you stick your headphones in you can just escape.
Healing Potpourri has pieced together an album that many will want to delve into, with the distinctive sound they portray
‘The Page’ starts off with a fairly distorted sound that comes through the background as the soulful sound of the saxophone begins. When the vocals come in for a few minutes but then begin to fade out. Combining the instrumentals together portraying that same chilled out and funky essence that seeps through continuing until the end as they slowly draw out.
Drawing the collection to a close is ‘Glittery Sidewalks’ beginning with the triumphant sound of the saxophone as the drum beats intertwine. Really combining all the stand out instrumentals that have continued throughout each piece. Showing of the variety of instrumentals that they use to create this insane rhythm that is greeted with the high-pitched smooth vocals.
Healing Potpourri has pieced together an album that many will want to delve into, with the distinctive sound they portray. Each track has its own elements that vary different sounds, but always keeping that uplifting sense throughout. Some tend to be on the more funky and upbeat side with a few being on the more laid back and calming style. In some tracks it can tend to be overwhelming with the number of instruments that are used, making it feel like there is too much going on at one time, which can then begin to overpower the vocals. But nonetheless, an album that you should definitely check out.
Blanket of Calm is out today via Run For Cover Records.