Micah Wolf's music is as tranquil and beautiful as his natural surroundings in Hawaii. After around the third spin of this CD this music and the lyrics finally started to soak into my over worked cranium. Wolf comes across with a gentle approach yet he still gets his point across in a song. This is very mellow laid-back music punctuated by Wolf's distinct vocal style and elegant acoustic guitar. Although dubbed as folk rock, I heard much more than that. I could hear Wolf reciting poems to music, and in some instances adding his own version of a rap with a rhythm and rhyme to everything (Counting Cracks) he was conveying within a song.
I like what it says on the back cover of the CD... from the ground up. From the construction of the instruments to building our own studio, this album was produced, engineered, and mixed from the ground up-Music is a way of life. Now that tells the story in a literal sense of where Micah and his friends are coming from. I believe it after looking at his biography. He had parents that traveled around to hippie communes in various locations before he became an adult and finally settled in Hawaii. No doubt, his experiences when he was 8 years old when he received his first guitar, the travel, and the exposure to free spirited individuals along with an adventurous lifestyle, shaped who he is today. You can hear it come through in all the rich colors and textures of his music and vocals.
Yes, Micah Wolf comes from places of the heart and soul that few dare to travel within their music because they are too concerned with the commercial viability and technology of the product. This is not a product for Micah. This is his life on the CD, a living breathing entity that needs care, attention, and love, on a continual basis to grow and mature. That in a nutshell is what this music is all about.
Although there is dobro, piano, violin, and drums in the mix, they are understated, although positioned properly to fit into the context of each composition. The voice and guitar of Micah are featured and stand out on the recording, however, everything else you hear is essential to the balance and overall sound of each complete track. I like the way all of the aspects fall together and how each individual track tells a story with the music used as more than just a backdrop. It serves as more of a propellant, an inspiration for Micah to make the lyrics come out and reach you and pull you right in and keep you. It worked well for me but it took more than one listen, which is always the case with anything worth hearing.