August 20, 2009

Reed KD
In Case the Comet Comes

Santa Cruz, CA
Recorded, produced and mixed by Reed
Dahlmeier in various closets, garages,
bedrooms and living rooms of friends and family

If toe tapping and knee slapping back-porch music is your bag, then you’ll love Reed KD’s sophomore album In Case the Comet Comes. Reed and his band The Armchair Aviators deliver a fun-loving, pop-infused bluegrass sound that is bound to put him on the radar.

In Case the Comet Comes is a solid album, featuring Reed’s playful acoustic guitar accentuated by a palatable mix of mandolin, banjo, microrgan, bass trombone, fabulous fiddling and even water glasses, which make it a delectable bit of ear candy from start to finish.

“If the Tide Swings” has relatable lyrics and just enough twang to stay true to the folk roots that drive the record. Like this one, each track is masterfully punctuated by Reed’s fresh vocals and innovative instrumentation.

Reed KD lets listeners in on his life experiences in “Winding Roads,” as he dropped everything to live out of a VW Vanagon to pursue a music career full time. “Hippie Chicks” boldly dabbles with an electronic underscore set to simplistic lyrics. It is experimental in all the right ways and pays homage to the simple things. Reed KD quickly returns to his signature bluegrassy pop with “Cactus Garden,” a boisterous tune with plenty of banjo and frisky fiddle.

“Space Vacuums” starts off with prominent and low acoustic guitar, which elegantly gives way to eerie steel guitar over classic bass lines – all three punctuating the uncertainty of “space” and the uncertainty of life. The instrumentation and lyrics compliment each other flawlessly, making for a classic, unforgettable waltz.

Reed KD has outdone himself with In Case the Comet Comes. “Sleepless Nights In Bed” and “Splinters in the Evening” finish off the record with the same visionary composition that underlines the entire album. (self-released)
-Tara Lacey

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