Having formed and released albums since 2009 as 'Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons', this is the Ohioan singer’s first album under her name alone.
Nevertheless, do not expect any wild departure from the cosmic country-rock of the full band not least since it is co-produced with long-time guitarist and collaborator, Chris Connor.
As a self-confessed night owl, 4:30 a.m. is when Perley usually goes to bed. The early hours of morning, when most of us are bleary-eyed, are apparently her most creative time.
The songs don’t seem so bright-eyed or bushy-tailed though. The rudimentary guitar solos and chugging soft rock rhythms make this a conventional commercially-orientated sound with a self-consciously retro feel. Welcome to the U.S. 80s-90s!
There are toe-tapping melodies aplenty but despite claims that the lyrics “beget personal growth and mobility”, the words sound pretty shallow and predictable to my ears.
On Local Heroes Perley sings “I’m gonna keep on rolling, I’m gonna sing my song to whoever cares to listen, to whoever sings along”. I'm gonna pass if it's all the same to you.
Angela Perley’s website