June 9th, 2010 5:33 pm | by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER Music | Posted In: Cut of the Day

Norman, "No Clouds," Hay, Hay Make a Wish and Turn Away (Timber Carnival Records)

NormanI assume that by now everyone has heard the new Blitzen Trapper album, Destroyer of the Void, right? While the band's past efforts ripped through genres like Jeremiah Masoli looking for a new laptop (sorry, it's just too easy), Destroyer of the Void sees the band narrowing its focus and concentrating on a brand of countrified rock that feels like it could easily fit on a Flying Burrito Brothers record. It also appears that influence has rubbed-off on another band with heavy alt-country roots: local quintet Norman.

"No Clouds" is one of the lead tracks from Norman's sophomore full-length, Hay, Hay Make a Wish and Turn Away, and it's got the same rollicking feeling as the recent BT material. It's led by a few hot licks and tumbling banjo, but "No Clouds" really hits its mark on the chorus, which is embellished by some serious three-part harmonies. Vocalist Eric Nordby even sounds almost exactly like Fleet Foxes Robin Pecknold here, but the song is much more of a playful throwback than trad genre pastiche. I'm almost as excited to hear more of this stuff as I am for this damn rain to finally go away.



Photo courtesy of Norman
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