Familiar Ground Black Mesa, 2020 8/10 Listen to Familiar Ground John Calvin Abney’s 5th album, Familiar Ground, comes at a very unique time in history, where many artists are sequestered and penning records during the country’s lockdown. In continuing with the theme of the pandemic and its repercussions, the Oklahoma resident examines mortality, and strength, especially when it comes to battling the often difficult tides of life, and his pensive and yet optimistic atmosphere sure sounds like it should soundtrack 2020. Abney starts the album with the appropriately titled “When This Blows Over”, where folk and twang meet with Abney’s...
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2. John Calvin Abney - When This Blows Over
The thought of connecting the recognizable with the emergence of complete change sounds ridiculous at first. However, in terms of Abney’s realizations of both, it’s more a matter of re-prioritizing aspects of his own self that had always been there, rather than change being defined by entirely novel ideas.
Carried on a lovely country sway, the song is held together by Abney’s voice. Dimmed and somewhat withdrawn, there’s an ache in his weathered vocals that makes the whole thing to feel beautifully compelling; a subtle and stirring accompaniment for the current season.